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esquire Jan 27, 2022 1:29 PM

Man. You guys who grew up with less than six TV channels are the true OGs.

When I was a kid in the 80s I only had channels 2-13, and I thought I had it rough. My parents' TV only went up to 13 so that even when basic cable pushed beyond channel 13, we didn't have a device capable of viewing them until we got a new VCR maybe around 1989 or so?

Going out to the cottage meant only pulling in CTV, CKND (Global), MTN and CBC. It felt primitive :haha:

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If I lived in a place like Toronto with a lot of channels available over the air I think I'd cut my cable package and just use rabbit ears like in ye olde days at the cottage. But alas, here in Winnipeg the OTA offerings are a little sparse. Basically CBC, Global and City, along with some sort of religious broadcaster. Apparently CTV is available too but I have no idea how to actually pull it in.

Nashe Jan 27, 2022 1:34 PM

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Originally Posted by MonctonRad (Post 9515850)
We had a rotator for our rooftop TV antenna in Charlottetown too. It was a pretty novel device on the island. Not too many people had them.

Our antenna rotator was me or one of my siblings. Another would be positioned at the doorway to relay "BETTER!" or "WORSE!" to the person actually rotating the antenna (with a hockey stick, standing on a snowbank).

MonctonRad Jan 27, 2022 1:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Vorkuta (Post 9515871)
Our antenna rotator was me or one of my siblings. Another would be positioned at the doorway to relay "BETTER!" or "WORSE!" to the person actually rotating the antenna (with a hockey stick, standing on a snowbank).

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Our rooftop antenna was on a tall mast, and the rotator occasionally allowed us to pull in exotic signals.

In the winter and spring, a phenomenon called "e-skip" could occur, where the reflectivity of the "e layer" of the ionosphere would increase, allowing signals in the VHF TV spectrum to bounce back and forth to the surface of the Earth and dramatically increase the range of the TV signal.

This phenomenon was sporadic, seasonal, usually occurred early in the morning and could not be predicted, but occasionally we could pick up TV signals from the midwest USA and central Canada on our TV.

I clearly remember one time when I was about 12, I went down and turned on the TV to CKCW in Moncton to watch the Saturday morning cartoons. The channel was just starting to broadcast for the day, and Oh Canada was playing. I wasn't really paying much attention, then suddenly I heard the Star Spangled Banner playing too, so I perked up quickly, to find that the channel I was watching was actually in Sault-Ste-Marie ON, and the reception was strong enough that it was drowning out the signal from the Moncton station. :haha:

TV watching was an adventure back then.........

ScreamingViking Jan 27, 2022 1:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Vorkuta (Post 9515871)
Our antenna rotator was me or one of my siblings. Another would be positioned at the doorway to relay "BETTER!" or "WORSE!" to the person actually rotating the antenna (with a hockey stick, standing on a snowbank).

If Norman Rockwell had painted scenes of Canadian life, this would have been a good one. :)

Nashe Jan 27, 2022 1:59 PM

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Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 9515894)
If Norman Rockwell had painted scenes of Canadian life, this would have been a good one. :)

It was usually "Hockey Night in Canada", as well! It literally took a team of 3 to tweak reception to one of the 3 or 4 channels (half were French) that we got where I grew up. Our original antenna pole was actually a rough, delimbed tree trunk.

north 42 Jan 27, 2022 2:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Razor (Post 9515529)
No they were definitely re-runs, although I was alive (toddler) when they were still producing them. They were relevant re-runs though, Played after school, but not in the evening. I'm aware of both Laugh in and the Ed Sullivan show, and I almost remember Laugh In, but man it's waay back in the recesses, the same way that Under dog is..The Partridge Family definitely. There was one cartoon that I also barely remember..It was scary to us young uns and I sort of remember it being triangular stick figures centering around a witch.

Regarding the witch and stick figures, I wonder if you were remembering the cartoon, Tales of the Wizard of Oz, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054568/ it was one of my favourites, along with Kimba, lol.

MolsonExport Jan 27, 2022 3:01 PM

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Originally Posted by biguc (Post 9515826)
Remember sneaking the Sears catalogue along when we weren't?

yes, to look at the lingerie models :naughty:

MolsonExport Jan 27, 2022 3:02 PM

Anyone out there miss the weird, trippy McDonaldland commercials that saturated the airwaves on Saturday mornings back in the 70s?
Video Link


The weirdest of all was Mayor Ford (err, McCheese)
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north 42 Jan 27, 2022 3:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MolsonExport (Post 9515959)
Anyone out there miss the weird, trippy McDonaldland commercials that saturated the airwaves on Saturday mornings back in the 70s?

I remember them, apparently they were dropped by Macdonald’s after a lawsuit said that those characters were too similar to the characters in HR Puffnstuff, another one of my favourite childhood shows.

https://www.mashed.com/136474/how-mc...nd-characters/

ScreamingViking Jan 27, 2022 3:14 PM

Could never figure out what Grimace actually was.

Did he represent what you need to do when helping your GI tract complete the digestive process for the food? :wah: :shitstorm:

MolsonExport Jan 27, 2022 3:16 PM

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Originally Posted by ScreamingViking (Post 9515973)
Could never figure out what Grimace actually was.

Did he represent what you need to do when helping your GI tract complete the digestive process for the food? :wah: :shitstorm:

https://us-east-1.linodeobjects.com/...020/07/OIP.jpg

VANRIDERFAN Jan 27, 2022 3:20 PM

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Originally Posted by esquire (Post 9515866)
Man. You guys who grew up with less than six TV channels are the true OGs.

When I was a kid in the 80s I only had channels 2-13, and I thought I had it rough. My parents' TV only went up to 13 so that even when basic cable pushed beyond channel 13, we didn't have a device capable of viewing them until we got a new VCR maybe around 1989 or so?

Going out to the cottage meant only pulling in CTV, CKND (Global), MTN and CBC. It felt primitive :haha:

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If I lived in a place like Toronto with a lot of channels available over the air I think I'd cut my cable package and just use rabbit ears like in ye olde days at the cottage. But alas, here in Winnipeg the OTA offerings are a little sparse. Basically CBC, Global and City, along with some sort of religious broadcaster. Apparently CTV is available too but I have no idea how to actually pull it in.

The beauty of one (1!) channel is that there was never any arguments about what to watch!

I was born in 61 so I was a late boomer who didn't get to experience the SDRR of the earlier Boomers. I distinctly remember watching the Moon landing at home, Apollo 13 re-entry at the school gym, Paul Henderson's goal in my Grade 6 Classroom.
Anyone remember visiting the Centennial Train? I remember waiting for hours in Brandon to walk through the train.
https://th.bing.com/th/id/R.1bfe9e41...pid=ImgRaw&r=0

Finally, not wearing seatbelts in the car, I would migrate from the front to the back seat while Dad rocketed down country roads (distinctly remember hitting the roof of the car when Dad took a grid intersection a little too fast!

Airboy Jan 27, 2022 4:57 PM

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Originally Posted by VANRIDERFAN (Post 9515986)
The beauty of one (1!) channel is that there was never any arguments about what to watch!

I was born in 61 so I was a late boomer who didn't get to experience the SDRR of the earlier Boomers. I distinctly remember watching the Moon landing at home, Apollo 13 re-entry at the school gym, Paul Henderson's goal in my Grade 6 Classroom.
Anyone remember visiting the Centennial Train? I remember waiting for hours in Brandon to walk through the train.
https://th.bing.com/th/id/R.1bfe9e41...pid=ImgRaw&r=0

Finally, not wearing seatbelts in the car, I would migrate from the front to the back seat while Dad rocketed down country roads (distinctly remember hitting the roof of the car when Dad took a grid intersection a little too fast!

Ahh the centennial train I do remember it coming through Edmonton. And My family drove across Canada that year to go to expo. in a 66 Plymouth Belvedere with no AC (the vent window turned to force air in)and 3 young boys. The car pulling a tent trailer behind.

Sitting on dads lap while he smoked a cigar and we got to drive the car on country roads some Sunday afternoons.

Sitting in the basement watch Apollo 11 on the TV in B&W.

Yup watching the Summit series in the Classroom.

As elementary kids protesting the Nuclear testing in the Aloussian Islands.

Watching the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. we only had cbc and ctv. so we were forced to watch Wayne and Shuster. kids shows like Junior Forest Rangers, Chet Helen (where we all learn french for the first time), Mr Dress-up and the Friendly Giant. Born in 58.

esquire Jan 27, 2022 5:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Airboy (Post 9516134)
Ahh the centennial train I do remember it coming through Edmonton. And My family drove across Canada that year to go to expo. in a 66 Plymouth Belvedere with no AC (the vent window turned to force air in)and 3 young boys. The car pulling a tent trailer behind.

I drove my family from Winnipeg to Banff last summer but it was tolerable thanks to the help of Nintendo Switches and tablets... I can't imagine doing a drive 3x as long and without the help of those devices, relying only on books and toys :haha:

Blitz Jan 27, 2022 5:23 PM

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My grandparents had one of those in Windsor. I still remember the sound it made when you rotated the dial (I vaguely recall that on a good day they'd pick up a station in Toledo). They didn't even get cable until the 1990s, and only after we had it installed for them as a Christmas gift.
I didn't have cable growing up in Windsor in the '90s and most people I knew didn't either. There was enough free tv available from Detroit. We had a roof antenna too and we would turn it southward if we wanted to watch a Toledo channel. The only Canadian stations we could get were CBC and TVO.

VANRIDERFAN Jan 27, 2022 5:46 PM

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Originally Posted by esquire (Post 9516150)
I drove my family from Winnipeg to Banff last summer but it was tolerable thanks to the help of Nintendo Switches and tablets... I can't imagine doing a drive 3x as long and without the help of those devices, relying only on books and toys :haha:

Books, books, and more books. When I was 11 we drove up to Thompson to visit relatives. I must have read a dozen books on that trip.

With my own kids who were tweeners just when personal entertainment devices were being introduced, it was still books, talking and listening to the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio.

urbandreamer Jan 27, 2022 6:15 PM

I didn't have TV growing up so I can't relate to anything most of youse here (and IRL) talk about. I grew up reading the Hardy Boys, Swallows and Amazons, Little House on the Prairie series, Two Little Savages etc then going out to the woods to recreate plots: built the teepee, the log cabin, built a boat etc. Digging around the neighbouring farmland, I'd often come across ancient arrow heads like https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/londo...yard-1.6012638

I always thought maybe one day I'd watch all these 1970s/80s TV shows; but nope, other than WKRP I haven't bothered.

JHikka Jan 27, 2022 6:21 PM

I've been trying to watch more older movies lately. Watched Klute a few days ago which featured a very young Donald Sutherland. It was fine. :haha:

Acajack Jan 27, 2022 6:28 PM

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Originally Posted by VANRIDERFAN (Post 9516220)
Books, books, and more books. When I was 11 we drove up to Thompson to visit relatives. I must have read a dozen books on that trip.

With my own kids who were tweeners just when personal entertainment devices were being introduced, it was still books, talking and listening to the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio.

I had handheld Coleco video games like Head to Head Football.

We'd also play games like trying to find as many different licence plates as possible on passing vehicles.

Though depending on where you are in Canada that can suck a bit because the provinces are so big that when you're in the middle of it there are few out of province vehicles.

Playing that game in the eastern US is awesome though!

O-tacular Jan 27, 2022 6:38 PM

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Originally Posted by biguc (Post 9514591)
I meant to comment on this earlier. I got into Korn during last year's lockdown and they were a revelation--very musically serious. Jonathan Davis is a great song writer; he put down some thought-provoking lyrics. And the band's funky-metal sound is significantly different from the hard rock band with a DJ and whiteboy rapper sound of some of their later peers.

On that same musical trip I rediscovered System of a Down. They're just excellent. But are they nu metal?

Anyway, it's a genre that deserves better than Fred Durst.

I listened to Korn in jr. high and highschool but they were a guilty pleasure. Back then I related to Jonathan Davis' lyrics but didn't know why. I got heavy into Korn again in 2016 when I remembered some childhood trauma. I think that band was a trailblazer for more than just musical sound. Jonathan Davis' candid lyrics about his sexual abuse were unheard of in music at that time or really since. Michael Flynn of Machinehead also has songs about abuse he suffered as a child that are quite haunting.

Korn is considered the father of nu metal bands. Besides the heavy bass and quick tempo changes they didn't really rap. Sure there were guest stars, but no real hip hop to my ear unlike Limp Dickzkit. SOAD is another band lumped into that category but they had more Polka elements than anything else. I liked them as well and actually saw them in concert.

If you want to see the OG nu metal influence bands check out Faith No More and lead singer Mike Patton's other band Mr. Bungle. The most obvious precursor though was Rage Against the Machine.


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