From: "Michael A. Terrell"
Subject: Re: Detection of television commercials
Date: Sun, 08 Dec 2002 16:25:09 -0500
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Terry King wrote:
> In article <3DF2DD85.E3FF0070@mfi.net>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> > It never
> > failed on Sunday evening when an engineer was due for weekly maintenance
> > between midnight and six AM.
> This is clearly related to the "Engineer Effect" in which the obscure
> problems with the wife's computer/TV/hairdryer etc. disappear when I
> get home, and reappear later the next day.
> Then there's the famous call I got on a Saturday night right in the
> middle of my Birthday party: "There's a Bat in the Control Room". I
> suggested that that was a problem for the Program Manager, with no
> success. Bat;Broom;Bag = technical solution, went home again.
> Michael, I bet you can top that!
> Regards, Terry King ...In The Woods In Vermont
How about this: the first TV station I worked at was at FT Greely
Alaska while I was in the US Army. In their usual wisdom? :) the
control room was on one end of a large old wood building, and the only
rest room was at the far end. The engineer was the only one there
except during the evening newscast, and there was no video tape.
Everything was on 16 mm film. Every time you needed to use the rest
room you had to run like hell, and try to get there and back before the
film broke. The worse you needed to go, the quicker the film broke.
Sometimes before you could get out the door of the control room, so you
had sot stand there, cross legged reloading the projector, and trying it
again. The record was one film breaking five times before I got out the
door, and the last time, I didn't dare stop. What do you think?
Michael A. Terrell