I just finished watching the National Geographic Channel series “The 80s: The
Decade That Made Us” (DVD should be available online). Fascinating stuff. Take the story of Lieutenant Colonel
Stanislav Petrov, the Soviet officer who “saved the world” by not launching
nuclear missiles when his detection equipment sounded a false alarm. I had
never heard of this incident. On the silly side, I also learned that David
Hasselhoff (whose Knight Rider TV show made him a huge star in Europe)
serenaded the crowds celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Fans of old TV shows are in luck. Especially if you like action and drama, you can find reruns of I Spy, Starsky and Hutch, The Saint, Perry Mason, The Untouchables, and Police Story. There are also plenty of comedies and sitcoms. In addition to long-running cable stations like TV Land and Nick at Night (Nickolodeon), oldies TV stations are popping up all over the country: Retro TV, TV Me, Antenna TV. Here in Comcast Monopoly Country, check out channel 21. Good fun. Break out the popcorn and fire up the Tivo.
We were delayed a month by the tsunami, but Season 3 of Wavelength is off and running. This season we are proud to be the first show in the 40-year history of Pacifica Community Television (PCT) to use a teleprompter, just like 60 Minutes and Barack Obama! Also, all of our shows are available online:
You can go there right now and watch show #23, with Pacifica's City Manager Steve Rhodes discussing his participation as Pacifica's representative in the Sharp Park Working Group, which issued its report on Sharp Park in February. Also, I interview Barry Parr of Coastsider.com on the possibility of Pacifica Community Television taking over operations of Mid-Coast Television, which covers the coastside from Montara to Pescadero. Wavelength airs on PCT Channel 26 (Comcast cable), Mondays at 6:30 p.m., just before City Council or Planning Commission meetings.