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April 5, 2011

High Flight

High Flight by DwightFrye

From Cobb who writes,
"I'm thinking about old TV & local stations on Los Angeles, KTTV (11), KTLA (5), KCOP (13) and KHJ (9). And of course KCET(28) and Channel 52. High Flight. I can't remember which station played this one before signing off, but when I was a kid, it was the most inspirational thing I can always remember.

It's true. I remember it too.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 5, 2011 1:56 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I remember it from when I was a kid, back in a suburb of Detroit. It was always played right before the station signed off for the night, and went to test pattern. Then I'd have to turn off the TV, turn out the lights, go to bed. God, how empty, late and alone the house felt...


Posted by: jwm at April 5, 2011 8:35 PM

Thanks, Gerard

Ol' Cobb there gave me a very fine birthday gift. A remeberence of the days of my youth, when I too, would be up too late, and see the various sign-offs of Southern CA teevee stations.

As a wee lad, in San Diego, then to Orange County, and towards my teens, back to InSaneDiego, once again.

I remember that sign off though, and am grateful for the reminder.

Thanks, Cobb. Thanks, Gerard.

From a geezer, one year older.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at April 5, 2011 11:06 PM

Wait. I am confused. What is this "sign off" you are speaking of? ohhhhh. You mean tv stations didnt blast their programming 24/7? Wow.

(j/k. I am old enough to remember occasionally waking up to a test pattern or two when I was little)

Posted by: rsj at April 6, 2011 5:12 AM

Yes, people used to sleep during the wee hours.

Posted by: Casca at April 6, 2011 6:26 AM

...or write great poetry.

Posted by: Casca at April 6, 2011 6:27 AM

Ah, the F-104 Starfighter.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at April 6, 2011 10:59 AM

Oh yes, I remember...

Posted by: Captain Dave at April 6, 2011 4:18 PM

Thanks, Gerard,

I distinctly remember viewing it - as described by JWM - immediately prior to the local television station ceasing broadcasting. In my case, in northeastern Pennsylvania. Either the local CBS or NBC affiliate.

The last time I saw it on television was - I think - in the early 1970s.

Yes, that Century Series F-104... Wow.

Posted by: Michael at April 7, 2011 4:02 PM

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