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bruce simon vintage television programming
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magazine cover Hi! My name is Bruce Simon and I've been collecting Vintage TV programming and TV related material since the 1960's. I hope you find this collection of videos a little different than most as it reflects my long-standing interest in not only the great stars and classic shows of the early years of television, but the history of commercial television itself, the primitive beginnings of the major networks, the efforts of the early independent stations to compete, the many, many program formats that have come and gone and the various means used to promote those programs.

Over 40 years ago, in July of 1969, I viewed three 16mm kinescopes (Kinescopes were made by a 16mm camera trained on a monitor during a live broadcast) that were fished out of a dumpster by a dedicated film collector. They were an AMOS 'N ANDY with the original Blatz Beer commercials, one of only two live appearances on television by Humphrey Bogart on THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM and the one-hour unaired pilot to the television version of YOU BET YOUR LIFE starring Groucho Marx! In the dumpster!

Film collectors and preservationists have been working for decades to save our motion picture heritage, long before the studios had a clue about what they were actively destroying and letting decay through benign neglect. It's just as important to preserve out television programming from the last 50-plus years now. Not just the shows the studios can release again and again on video cassette and on cable, they'll be just fine as long as they can turn a buck, but the thousands and thousands of hours of live programming from TV's earliest days, shown once and discarded, residing in dark corners of network warehouses, the closets, attics and garages of the stars and production staff who worked on them and in dumpsters, landfills and the bottom of the East River (thats where you'll find most of DuMont's kinescopes, they were dumped there to save storage fees).

Luckily, large collections of surviving programs reside in the collections of The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City and Los Angeles, The Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago and the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles. Scholars and other interested parties can view them onsite, but to watch them on your own electronic hearth, that's where I come in!

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All materials are offered on a 'Collector-to-Collector' basis with no rights given or implied. All materials are for home use only. All materials are believed to be in the public domain. If there is a problem regarding rights with any broadcast in this catalog, please advise and it will be removed. Material is gathered from many sources and visual quality may vary, each tape or disk is checked for recording quality and is returnable only on that basis and for the same volume.

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