Maria's Day by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

Maria's Day

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  1. Stella S

    Stella S said, almost 3 years ago

    When I was a kid, I became my dad’s remote control.

  2. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    We didn’t have a remote when I was a kid. Our TV had a channel dial that you could pop out. There was a celluloid ring around the stem, with all the numerals on it. A light would shine through to show your channel in a small window. Of course it took us two seconds to figure out that you could turn the ring, and mix up the channels. What a practical joke on the next person who wanted to catch their favorite show!

  3. Redkaycei Repoc

    Redkaycei Repoc said, almost 3 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    When I was a child the dial was a rotary dial that you manually turned from channel to channel. There were four channels with shows; ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. The networks all shut down and put up a test pattern late at night. Later it expanded, we had two channels with CBS…lol.

  4. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, almost 3 years ago

    Whatever you say Maria.

  5. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Redkaycei Repoc

    Same for us, mostly. We had a few of the local stations in addition to the major networks. ‘Metromedia’ was on the channel that later carried FOX. Then there were those mysterious UHF stations.

  6. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Too much effort. She’s looking to save work.

  7. Alan Steenhouwer

    Alan Steenhouwer said, almost 3 years ago

    I like the way her laziness is portrayed, with the couch devouring her.

  8. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 3 years ago

    That’s what little brothers/sisters are for.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    With cable and the fact that remotes control far more than just channel switching you need it or you options dwindle to very little.

  10. Hunter7

    Hunter7 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Redkaycei Repoc

    I was the channel changer. We had CBC, KVOS-TV out of Bellingham and Channel 8. (CHEK-TV on clear days when the wind was blowing in the right direction)
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    CBC still exists. And we learned from it if the world ened at 10 pm, it would end at 10:30 pm in Newfoundland. KVOS-TV is now ME-TV and shows ALL the old stuff. Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Batman etc. Grew up on their showings of Three Stooges and Soupy Sales. Channel 8 morphed into BCTV and now is Global TV. Shown right across the country. Not bad for a little company that started at the base of Burnaby Mountain. Their big break was broadcasting crom Expo 86 for the entire 6 months. And CHEK-TV closed its doors but the employees bought the station. After a few rough years they’re doing much better.
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    And so ends today’s history lesson. …..I watch way too much tv.

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, almost 3 years ago

    One way I’ve found to curtail TV watching is to hook it up to an antenna. The channels you get will be reduced to a point where you are left watching the news and reruns of 2 and ½ men.

  12. Jeff0811

    Jeff0811 said, almost 3 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    Our first remote ctrl used sound. Whenever someone got their keys out of their pocket to go somewhere it would change the channel.

  13. SMMAssociates

    SMMAssociates said, almost 3 years ago

    My first remote control was on a junk TV where that’s about all that worked. We didn’t even have the actual remote. Just a button on the front that cycled an old-fashioned 12-step turret tuner with a stepper motor. Position one (or was it 12?) removed power from most of the set. Would have been nice….

    Many years later, I bought a Heathkit Color TV kit that didn’t accept a remote, but was adaptable to one that was sold with another kit. Never did get the channel changer to work, but I was able to get the sound and picture controls going.

    (My next set was inherited – a 19" Color “portable” with a real remote. I think I’ve got about seven now, all with some kind of remote.)

    Even with the vast wasteland of 500 channels and nothing on, PVRs, VCRs (are you old enough to remember them?), DVRs, and games. I’m way too old to stand there and surf now. Down here in the man-cave, the 25" color set has a PVR, DVD, and VCR, along with remotes for each, and a remote for the widget that switches between them. Heaven forbid I’d have to get up and walk 12’ to do something….

    My daughter (now 28) barely understands the concept of manually changing channels, and with cable boxes on just about everything, you can’t even use the device’s original remote in many cases. Forget, too, about any front-panel controls (my PVR and all of the cable boxes don’t even have any front panels). The wife can’t understand that to get from channel 7 to channel 9, you don’t use the buttons on the set…. Move it off channel 4 and you’re watching snow.

    The kid really doesn’t know about snow, or test patterns….

    That was always fun, too – coming home from school and watching the test patter (along with the audio tone) for a while until one of the local stations decided to go on the air.

    Hilariously, about 35 years ago, give or take, before I had a VCR (never mind the other stuff), the wife and I raced home on evening to catch the latest episode of “I Cladius” on the local PBS station, only to come in and see the closing credits. Sunday night, and the kid who ran the station those nights decided that nobody wanted to see whatever was supposed to be on in that hour, and ran “I Claudius” instead….

    All of that said, the kids need to spend more time outside terrorizing the neighborhood instead of watching TV, games, or the Web….

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