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The Better Sex

Surely this could be rebooted for 2023 in our absolutely carefree and non-contentious cultural atmosphere.

The Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 03, 2023 - Comments ()
Category: Games, Rivalries, Feuds and Grudges, Television, Men, Women

Endogen Depression—Turkeys and TV sets

The art installation "Endogen Depression," by Wolf Vostell, consisted of 30 television sets, partially cast in concrete, and five live turkeys.

Vostell presented this installation once in the U.S., at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, in December 1980.

source: LA Public Library



Text from the LA Times (Dec 17, 1980):

Vostell, an artist of international repute, has a history of casting expensive devices in concrete to "cancel their presence." Television sets are a favorite target, but he once sealed an entire Cadillac in cement in Chicago. At LAICA, some of the sets are dead or completely covered in concrete, but most have at least part of their screen exposed. They drone on and on with soap operas, talk shows and afternoon Westerns...

Vostell means to contrast the sophistication of TVs and turkeys. The birds win handily. He also feels we can learn more from reputedly stupid turkeys than from television, but the comparison may not be a fiar one. The TV drone is so familiar and the programming so low-level, we quickly accept it as easily tuned-out background noise. Turkeys, on the other hand, look downright exotic to city folks who have never encountered one off a serving dish and wearing its feathers.

You can check out a video of the turkeys and TVs from the 1980 event at vimeo.com (embedding was disabled).

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 18, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Television, 1980s

Miss Coaxial Cable

Cable TV was coming to Phoenix in 1952, and to celebrate a local TV store organized a "Miss Coaxial Cable" contest.

Arizona Republic - July 1, 1952



Arizona Republic - June 29, 1952



I can't find who was eventually crowned "Miss Coaxial Cable," but around the same time Mary Perkins was awarded the title of "Miss TV Cable," also in Phoenix. I'm guessing these must have been two rival beauty contests.

Arizona Republic - July 7, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Sun Dec 11, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Television, 1950s

TV INTROS TO 18 SHORT-LIVED SITCOMS OF THE 70s

Wow, what a bunch of bizarre stinkers from an odd decade.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 20, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Success & Failure, Television, 1970s

Betty Furness for Westinghouse



The weirdest thing about this commercial is the incredibly tiny waist of almost 40-year-old Betty Furness. I can't take my eyes off it.

NOTE: the first video runs slow, at least for me. Best to let it download entirely before hitting play.



Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 06, 2022 - Comments (5)
Category: Body, Domestic, Television, Advertising, 1950s, Women, Natural Wonders

Dick Hyman’s “The Man From O.R.G.A.N.”

Sometimes Alex and I appear to be coordinating our posts, but it's only coincidence. This time, however, I made it intentional!

Let's see WABOT-2 play better than Dick Hyman!

His Wikipedia page.

Embedded player below track listing.





Posted By: Paul - Sat Oct 08, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Movies, Music, Space-age Bachelor Pad & Exotic, Television, Ridiculousness, Foolishness, Public Ridicule, Silliness, Goofiness and Dumb-looking, 1960s

One Step Beyond:  The Sacred Mushroom



Here is the Wikipedia page for the show, which has a section on this episode.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Oct 04, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Drugs, Psychedelic, Science, Television, 1960s, Natural Wonders

The National College Queen

This contest for top female college student ("fifty percent beauty, fifty percent brains") appears to have begun in 1953:



Source: ETSU Collegian (Johnson City, Tennessee) 01 Apr 1955, Fri Page 5

The first photo below is from 1969, and I can't envision the contest surviving much beyond that revolutionary date.



Source: The Aggielite (Tishomingo, Oklahoma) 15 Mar 1955, Tue Page 1





It was once so popular, it was televised nationwide.

Source: The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York) 10 Jun 1967, Sat Page 16











Posted By: Paul - Fri Sep 23, 2022 - Comments (3)
Category: Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Intelligence, Television, 1950s, 1960s

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