Marion Stokes and Her 70,000 VHS Tapes

     Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 28, 2019
     Category: Eccentrics | Technology | Television | Outsider Art | Twentieth Century

During the discussion there was mention of "lost" moments due to then current practices of recycling recording media by stations and networks. At that point I thought of the work of Ernie Kovaks - ABC reused the tapes that held the recordings after a single rerun later because it saved on cost. Video tape on reels was expensive at the time and the bean counters had the last word. What is available of Kovaks' work today pretty much fits on on a five VHS tape set, which I purchased some twenty years ago. I've never seen a DVD set with more material offered.
Posted by KDP on 06/28/19 at 10:59 AM
I forget the details, but I've read that nearly one full season of Doctor Who was reconstructed using viewer tapings of the program after the BBC erased and reused the original tapes.

I'm a great believer in owning/having copies of movies. There are so many which aren't readily available or only PC-correct versions are streamed.
Posted by Phideaux on 06/28/19 at 03:25 PM
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