This entry started as me gawking at one of those long-gone activities my grandpa engaged in — something I considered outdated and foreign to my experience.
But the more I think about it, the more I think the quirk lies with me, not with the passage of time.
Maybe I’m wrong.
What we have here appears to be a home visit from a TV repairman. (His charge of $10 is equivalent to $76.62 in current money. I’m assuming the $10 charge was for the service visit and not for the dancing lessons.)
The notion of a home service visit for your TV brought me back to the days when TV sets were big heavy monsters full of tubes, and sometimes built into big wooden cabinets as well.
Nowadays, it seems to me you’d bring your TV to the repair shop to be fixed– if indeed it went on the fritz at all, which hasn’t happened to me in quite a while.
But some Googling suggests I’m wrong. Here in the Lehigh Valley, I found websites for two TV and electronics repair shops that seem willing to make service calls.
(I suspect they are more interested in fixing a big, integrated home audiovisual system than in fixing just a TV set. One of them promises in-home repair “for your larger items.” But, from the looks of it, they’ll probably come to you and do whatever you call them for.)
And, my perception of in-home TV repair is probably clouded by the fact that my TV stays off most of the time.
I watch literally no TV at all. Zero. I’m even out of the habit of watching hockey and baseball games. My wife has Hulu and is more likely to watch her chosen shows on a tablet than a TV screen. And my kids use the TV mostly as a video-game screen.
So the fact that my previous TV set lasted a good dozen years without repair doesn’t mean the home TV service call is a thing of the past. It just means I’m an outlier … and that a machine that isn’t used very often will last a long time.
If you have experience with home TV repair calls, or lack thereof, let me know in the Comments. I’m curious to hear from others whether this is a thing of the past or a thriving concern.
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One imagines my grandparents, great-grandma and aunt would have wanted to put their newly repaired TV to use that night. What would they have watched?
Newspapers from Jan. 6 say the night’s network lineup included “The Patty Duke Show;” “Beverly Hillbillies,” Dick Van Dyke, Danny Kaye, and — most interesting to me, though not necessarily to them — “Shindig!” with Sal Mineo, Bobby Sherman, the Zombies, Sandie Shaw and the Righteous Brothers.