technical dificulties

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES……PLEASE STAY TUNED…and enjoy two versions of “High Flight”.  They used to play both versions throughout my childhood years at the end of the broadcast day.


27 Responses to “technical dificulties”

  1. 1 Richard Knapp
    August 26, 2010 at 8:32 am

    “There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper.”

    “We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.”

    “For the next hour sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… THE OUTER LIMITS.”

    “We now return control of your television set to you, until next week, at the same time when the Control Voice will take you to… THE OUTER LIMITS.”

    Hope you are doing well.

  2. 2 doubleofive
    August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Nice to know that you haven’t forgotten about us, after two posts in a row that were sent out into the void and abandoned. 😉

    Prizewinning 005

  3. 3 deg
    August 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Ahahahaha, the ROBoT MoNSTER (vague facsimile) bent Johnny’s transmitting antennae all up!

    Oh, the horror of it all!

    peace and bananas & bubble helmets for all apes | deg

  4. 5 BB43MAN
    August 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I was just thinking about this the other day. I can clearly recall when networks would logoff for the night. Normally the station in my town would play a video of “High Flight” and then the National Anthem then………………..snow until 6:00 AM. You don’t see that anymore. Thanks for the memories!

  5. 7 Buckaroohawk
    August 26, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Uh oh. If there’s an old Civil Defense warning about to be announced, then I have to tell you that I don’t have my bomb shelter finished yet. Duck and Cover!

  6. August 27, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Ha Ha nice, I love it, it reminded me of the TV channels in Gibralter back in the 80’s, they did not start to boradcast unitll 18:00 and then go off air again at midnight.

    Us Forces brat’s where greatful when BskyB fianlly came as we could watch British TV shows. It also where I got my first introduction to Trek. I had seen the movies at that point but none of the TV shows. Back in those days TNG had not yet come to the UK so sky would show TOS starting of with the Cage.

  7. 9 Barrie Suddery
    August 27, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Hope all is well. All my best.

  8. 10 evil_genius_180
    August 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Nice. I forgot about those old TV signoffs. I remember the F-16 one from when I was a kid. Nowadays that has been replaced by “The following is a paid commercial…” 😉

    Thanks for posting these, I like the progression from oldest tech (the F-104, which I love) to the 2nd plane (I don’t know what it is) to the F-16.

    Like Barrie Suddery said, I hope all is well with you and your family.

    • 11 JNG
      August 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

      I think that second aircraft is a T-38.

      Great videos, as long as they don’t mean the blog is ending!

    • 13 Geckoman
      September 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      Last year or so ago, at the Oceana Naval Air Show (which is taking place this weekend by the way…if you find yourself in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, please stop on by!) they had the last three flying F-104s on display and they did a one-after-the-other take off. Spectacular!

  9. August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Heck yeah, baby! F-frakin’-104 flyin’ high!!!

    I never saw any of these ever, that I recall anywho, and I KNOW I would have remembered that 104! Chicago just played the National Anthem with a sign-off card, and maybe had some montage footage at some point, but I don’t recall any cool aircraft footage, and I’ve been an aviation nut my whole life. Or maybe I was just too much of a sleepy-head and never made it stayin’ up to catch ’em.

    peace & bananas & F-104s | deg

  10. 15 Matt Boardman
    August 28, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Haha! I love it! I never got to stay up late enough to see them but I sure was up early enough in the morning to see the station start ups! I remember many a Saturday morning sitting infront of the TV waiting for that snow to disappear and for the show to begin, all the while my parents snoozed away upstairs!

    • August 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

      Ah, the Saturday Morning kid-ritual! Those days are long gone, eh. God, I used to love those mornings with my bro. 🙂

      peace & bananas & Sat Morn TV | deg

      • 17 Matt Boardman
        August 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

        For sure! Sadly, Saturday morning cartoons just aren’t what they used to be. There’s less than a handful of stations that have them now and what it out there is definitely not the calibur of what we grew up with. Thank goodness for TV shows on DVD so I can make sure my son gets an appropriate cartoon “education”! ;D

      • August 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

        Amen to that, brother! 😉

  11. August 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I always wanted to have complete control of those sign off programs in my youth. It was, to me, the most powerful program on television. Every insomniac, drunk, stoner, pensioner and everyone in between would be watching out of boredom.

    Imagine the possibilities.

  12. 20 the bluesman
    August 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Its too bad thse sign offs are seen at the wee hours of the morning. I think they’d be a great way tostart your day.

  13. 21 jdcombs
    August 29, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    John Eaves, you’re a great American!

  14. 22 DeanneM
    August 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for sharing though I wasn’t up to see many sign-offs…since John is so much older than me >.> well, okay 2 years 😀 <.:O ( yes you can expect some emails of my profound posts as I attempt to catch up a bit more on my readimg 🙂 )

  15. 23 the bluesman
    August 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Hey dea. we were just about to send the Arizona Coast Guard to look for you!

  16. 24 the bluesman
    August 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I jsut realized, to whomever did that test pattern that would make a cool t-shirt!

  17. 25 Geckoman
    September 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I wonder how many stations played “High Flight”…We used to get that sign off from WFLA-TV out of Pensacola, Florida and I always figured that was because that’s where the Navy pilot’s school was and where the Blue Angels are based out of. It never occurred to me that it might be used as a TV sign-off elsewhere.

    On Saturday mornings, I would get up before the sun, because it was the most magical day of the week! Not only was there no school, but it was CARTOON DAY! I’d get my bowl of ready-sweetened cereal (usually, Cap’n Crunch) and sit down in front of the TV and watch the static…later would come the station card, followed by the Farm Report (Pigs are up! Cows are down…)and later, Davy and Goliath and then cartoons until noon! It’s a shame that you can watch cartoons 24/7 now…and nobody seems to play any classic Warner Bros. cartoons anymore…well, since I’ve mostly stopped watching TV.

  18. 26 Geckoman
    September 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Oh! I had an opportunity to buy and actual TV “Indian Head” test card at a local surplus store…but they wanted $75 for it and I think I needed that money to eat or something. Anyway, I regret not getting it now.

  19. 27 Jeff
    September 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I was curious about something. I was looking at the FC sketchbook you did and noticed some of the concepts you did such as the Endeavour, that were unfinished for some reason or another.

    Have you ever gone back in your free time and fleshed some of them out?

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