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Something for Pobig - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
Something for Pobig
Science fiction? Well, there's JMS, for a start. But when you want just plain science, there's JSM!
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porsupah From: porsupah Date: October 21st, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
And let us also not forget the quite inimitable Magnus Pyke. ^_^ A wonderful figure of 70s and 80s British television, he also embodied that passion for science, along with the ability to communicate such concepts - in a fairly distinctive manner, in his case.
dronon From: dronon Date: October 21st, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite so! I actually saw quite a bit of Don't Ask Me on Ontario public television as I was growing up. I don't remember too much of the shows themselves, but I remember Magnus. I think there was one episode where they had some way of measuring movement or body language, and his mannerisms and gesticulations made the thing go off the scale. :)
porsupah From: porsupah Date: October 21st, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I'm envisioning a Star Trek-style computer meltdown following shortly thereafter. ^_^

I don't suppose you've got any Don't Ask Me (or indeed, any older TV like that) on tape? There's still so much that's yet to appear on DVD, and much probably lost to the ravages of time (mmm, ravaging..) - there's one torrent site I'm thinking of in particular where otherwise lost shows like that would see you given a hero's welcome.

When did you gain a VCR in the home? My first actual use of one was around 1986, I think - my brother used to bring the one he was renting back when he came home from University. I bought my own in 1988 - top loader, wired remote, smokeless coal only.
dronon From: dronon Date: October 21st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfotunately my parents were some of the last people amongst everyone I knew to get a VCR. I forget when, but it was in the late 80s, a shoddy two-head thing. By this time, the messed-up children's programming from the earlier part of the decade was no longer being aired, so my video collection doesn't really have anything worth preserving. I'd like to get "Foops" on Youtube or somewhere and hope it memes, but it's 12 minutes long and Youtube's limit is 10.

For much of the last year I've been trying to hit file-sharing networks to try and recover stuff I remember, but the animated shorts and tv programs are simply too obscure. Recently I looked into finding James Burke's The Day the Universe Changed. The only ones floating around were captured from The Science Channel, and they've had at least five minutes' worth of material cut from each episode. No good.

As it happens, the Toronto Public Library system seems to have a full set of it on VHS, but of course I'm not *in* Toronto anymore. (Along with my friends there, I miss the opportunities Toronto gives for finding stuff like that.) I've got the episodes myself on VHS, but of course they're in mono in SLP so the video quality's not that great to begin with. Not sure I want to go through the trouble of DVD-ing them if there's an obscure chance I could get a better copy from somewhere else.
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fetlock From: fetlock Date: October 21st, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your not the only one he made an impression on. I caught a few episoads on Space channel last month and was braught back to my childhood.
From: pobig Date: October 21st, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, neat! I am like unto funos in that I mostly saw him on Frightenstein, but I did see one of his actual science shows.
dakhun From: dakhun Date: October 21st, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool! I also remember him from the Hilarious House Of Frightenstein, and his parts were quite educational and entertaining (and he was a natural for the part). Interesting to learn more about him, thanks!
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