Remember this? No? Then scram~This is for all who are "Of That Age". That's right, people who remember when TVs weren't color and Big Screens were what we all sneaked into at the local Drive-In. Don't know what a Drive-In is? Then what the hell are you still here for, I said scram, Pilgrim! The is for we who are Of that Age that had only had one TV station and the "Please Stand By" sign was on when the programs weren't, and that was most of the time. I never could figure out why they had an Indian Chief at the top, could you?
Remember this? The black & white television from Ratheon. This was the actual type of TV we had in 1956, but I was born in 1954, so you can imagine what a piece of junk it was when I remember watching it. By the time I remember watching it, it had a horizontal line that would never stop once the TV got warmed up. You could slap the side a few times and it would stop for a few minutes, then start again for the rest of the night. I hated that TV and that TV station. But, one day my dad came home with this, and it was love at first sight, I kid you not. A brand new Zenith Color TV. Yeeeeesssss!
It was beautiful. It was in color, but better than the drab color of my stupid world. It was In Living Color and by now we had three stations and a set of Rabbit Ears. If you don't know what Rabbit Ears are, Scram~We now had three TV stations, but they went off at eleven o'clock and then it was back to the Stand By sign. But the first time I saw Bonanza in color and the map went from black and white into a burning map blazing with color, I thought it was the coolest thing since Kool-Aid, and it was. Next up, about ten year later, was this beauty.
When we got this, I was in heaven. Look at this TV. It's beautiful and TVs had character back then. The wood (real would, wow) was as beautiful as the TV screen. It was great craftsmanship put together with pride by the best workers in the world at one time. We may still be, I haven't worked in a while, but I do know this crap we are buying from China is just that. I have to admit, China and Japan and Korea made better products than us for awhile. But if my next TV is any indication, we'll be back in the saddle soon. I smashed this piece of excrement into what I hope is a million pieces.
This is a 42' Big Screen High Def TV with Surround Sound that I paid over a $1000 for in 2006. It lasted one year and one month and blew the power board. Of course, I didn't get the extended warranty because it's a rip-off on most products. Our TVs used to last 10, 15, 20 years. Why buy an extended warranty. I emailed the company and to make a very long story short, it was my problem. Call a cop. I bought a part for $129 but it was the wrong one. I sent off for the other part that fixed it but cost a $150 more and I did the labor. In less than a year the TV blew-up again. I called about the parts, but imagine this, new parts have only a 30-day warranty. New parts have only a 30-day warranty? Who knew? I lost money but the pleasure I got from smashing that piece of crap will always be with me. Now, well...,
I bought a TV just like this one at a yard sale for $30. It's 26" with a great picture and surround sound, imagine that. It has a beautiful picture and never goes out. As a matter of fact, it's just like the one I gave my son when I bought that damn Vizio Big Screen. Never again, at least for awhile. I see where you can buy the same TV for under $500 now, half of what I paid. All new TVs, VCR's, DVD's. etc., cost a fortune at first and then in a few years they cost less and last longer. The Zenith TV we had lasted over 15 years and we still had it when I went into the army. Let's hope we can start making great things again. I think that's the only way we'll get out of this economic mess. Hell, look at the car industry. Oh, I still want my Mapo~