They Shall Not Grow Old: An incredible film restoration project

I am a huge fan of restored motion pictures and vintage films.  Back when AMC was “American Movie Classics,” they would host an annual weekend “Film Preservation Festival” on TV, with commercial-free broadcasts of restored and preserved films – such as the Todd-AO version of Oklahoma, the roadshow version of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad,…

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So there are FOUR different time travel TV shows next season…

There is an old adage from comedian and raconteur Fred Allen, in that “imitation is the sincerest form of television.”  In other words, if one TV network plans to air a certain type of high-concept program, you can be assured that another network will create a similar program.  It happened a few years ago, when,…

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New York City classic commercials from the 70’s

Back in ancient times, in the days when we didn’t have 4,000 channels from Time Warner Cable, we made do with our local channels and a few extra – mostly WPIX-11 in New York City and WSBK-38 in Boston.  I want to take today’s blog post and focus on the New York City advertisements, for…

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“I have that Answers Please episode on videotape…”

Nearly 35 years to the day of its first – and only – broadcast, a rare and treasured piece of my history has resurfaced. The tape’s recovery and its contents… make for one of my most reflective blog posts of all time.

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A blogging flashback: March 2010

I was doing some maintenance to some of the old blog posts of mine – repairing old YouTube links and URL’s, for example – and I came across this old video clip of an event from three years ago. In March 2010, the Times Union hosted a blogging get-together at the College of Saint Rose.…

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Five places I would go.

I’ve taken you loyal, dedicated readers on a journey through my life. Every time I post something on this nearly three-year-long association with the Times Union, I’ve brought you closer to parts of my history – both good and bad, both uplifting and depressing.  It’s part of what I do. But I thought for a…

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If Titanic didn’t hit the iceberg…

Everybody knows the story.  Titanic.  The unsinkable ship that sank.  Hundreds of lives lost.  Maritime inquisitions over the lack of available lifeboats and the failure to watch out for icebergs.  Several motion pictures retelling the story, including 1956’s A Night to Remember and 1997’s Titanic.  And Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and on…

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December 3, 1982 – the first home game for the Albany Patroons

If you’ve found this blog post, this means that you’ve discovered the art of blog time travel.  So hop in the way-back machine with me, to a time when the Washington Avenue Armory was the local basketball hotbed. They could have been called the Albany Senators or Albany Leprechauns, but the fans chose “Patroons” in…

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