First color, eh?????? Hmmmmmm.....

Peter Q. George
Sat May 5 13:04:25 EDT 2007

My first introduction to color was in March, 1967
watching Channel 7 on a Magnavox console color set at
a friends' house.  Every afternoon at 4:00, WNAC-TV
(Channel 7) used to run "Captain America" cartoons
(the Marvel Comics with the "Hulk", "Captain America"
and "Iron Man") with live local inserts with a guy
dressed up as "Captain America" (complete with the
vivid red, white and blue costume).  The show was so
popular, an 90 minute version was briefly aired on
Saturday mornings at 10:30 AM.  (WNAC was pre-empting
the ABC cartoon lineup).  But, it was eventually
cancelled by May, 1967.  It was one of Channel 7's
FIRST full local color shows.  (WNAC was always LAST
in technical innovations, like local color.)  

Does anyone recall "Captain America" on Channel 7?  If
so, who was the local talent who played the Captain? 
Just curious......

And remember...... (Dahdahdahdahhhhh......)"Call
442-seven-thousand, and you'll see Muntz TV!!!! Call
442-seven-thousand, see Muntz TV todayyyyyyy!!!"

Somehow the Muntz TV ads away were back-to-back with
Tom Black Insurance spots on WMEX.  Ah, yes.....


--- Doug Drown <> wrote:

> While we're on the subject of Muntz TVs and their
> reportedly awful color
> sets, here's a good question to pursue:  What was
> the first time you ever
> saw a color telecast?
> In my case, I was about fifteen, I think, and it was
> a telecast of the
> weekday afternoon Merv Griffin Show that used to be
> on Channel 4 in the
> mid-'60s.  The set was a brand-new RCA Victor color
> console that was in one
> of the waiting rooms of Henry Heywood Hospital in
> Gardner.  Someone had
> donated it to the hospital.  The thing had quite a
> number of knobs and
> buttons on it, including at least three or four by
> which one could adjust
> the color, but obviously no one on the hospital
> staff knew what to do with
> them.  Poor Merv was as green as a Martian.
> -Doug

Peter Q. George (K1XRB)
Whitman, Massachusetts
                           "Scanning the bands since 1967"

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