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jopke
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March 20th, 2014 at 6:40:11 PM permalink
Saw this in the news today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEEuBOZwH_E
ThatDonGuy
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March 20th, 2014 at 6:55:20 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

Some of them are gone forever because until around 1980, daytime shows were considered disposable. Gambit from the mid-70s is gone except for a few episodes. Whew! has never been rebroadcast, although the tapes are believed to exist. Match Game from the 70s probably only exists because the producers preserved the videotapes.


Most of the tapes still around from before 1976 are from Goodson-Todman shows - and even then, mainly NBC and CBS; for some reason, most of their ABC shows got erased. This is why the complete runs of 1970s-era Match Game and The Price is Right (both CBS) exist, but Password (ABC) does not. IIRC, NBC had a "tape purge" in 1977 or so, and got rid of a lot of tapes, which explains why most of the Chuck Woolery run of Wheel of Fortune is gone. (Not just game shows or soap operas, either; the only tape of Johnny Carson's first episode hosting The Tonight Show was discarded as well.)

Another problem: video tapes - especially color ones - were quite expensive before the mid-1970s, and they were reused. There is a rumor that the ABC Password tapes were reused for Family Feud. Even the tapes that still exist from the 1960s are deteriorating rapidly; I remember hearing that somebody had found part of the run of Dark Shadows, but the tapes were in no condition to air.
gpac1377
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March 20th, 2014 at 7:54:05 PM permalink
Quote: jopke

Saw this in the news today...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEEuBOZwH_E


Thanks. I had seen the headline, but not the video. That's amazing.

Quote: ThatDonGuy

Another problem: video tapes - especially color ones - were quite expensive before the mid-1970s, and they were reused.


I know I'm off-topic, but possibly the worst loss was the recordings from the 10-year history of the pioneering DuMont Network. At a 1996 Library of Congress hearing, Edie Adams (who preserved recordings of her husband, Ernie Kovacs) explained that in the 1970s, some lawyers were arguing over responsibility for storing the DuMont archive:

Quote: Edie Adams/Library of Congress, 1996

One of the lawyers doing the bargaining said that he could "take care of it" in a "fair manner," and he did take care of it. At 2 a.m., the next morning, he had three huge semis back up to the loading dock at ABC, filled them all with stored kinescopes and 2" videotapes, drove them to a waiting barge in New Jersey, took them out on the water, made a right at the Statue of Liberty and dumped them in the Upper New York Bay. Very neat. No problem.


Reference: http://www.loc.gov/film/hrng96la.html
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April 12th, 2014 at 5:30:02 PM permalink
in my opinion this is the winner for improbable wins.

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April 13th, 2014 at 11:23:03 AM permalink
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in my opinion this is the winner for improbable wins. The fun starts about a minute in.

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April 13th, 2014 at 12:12:27 PM permalink
Saw this earlier this week when it aired. Scary that this is a college student. Scarier that he won. The wheel was most unkind to the ladies, and ridiculously kind to him, as he spun so many extra times without losing his turn/bankrupting.
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April 13th, 2014 at 4:58:46 PM permalink
Quote: beachbumbabs

Saw this earlier this week when it aired. Scary that this is a college student. Scarier that he won. The wheel was most unkind to the ladies, and ridiculously kind to him, as he spun so many extra times without losing his turn/bankrupting.


This. Player 3 kept benefiting from his missolves, but she was only able to cash in at or near the house minimum per round. Round 2, the only round Player 2 won, was basically the game.
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November 16th, 2015 at 4:35:17 PM permalink
Ttt

One of my favorite threads
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April 24th, 2017 at 6:10:42 PM permalink
If you haven't already done so, this article about the man who got a perfect bid on the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right is fascinating.

Drew Carey and the producers were worried that Terry Kneiss had cheated by having insider information from a disgruntled former CBS employee. But Kneiss claims that he simply did his homework and watched the show obsessively. He realized that the same prizes kept appearing on the show over and over, so the show was easy to beat. (Does Jeopardy! repeat their questions on multiple shows? I doubt it.)
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April 24th, 2017 at 6:32:31 PM permalink
Quote: reno

If you haven't already done so, this article about the man who got a perfect bid on the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right is fascinating.

Drew Carey and the producers were worried that Terry Kneiss had cheated by having insider information from a disgruntled former CBS employee. But Kneiss claims that he simply did his homework and watched the show obsessively. He realized that the same prizes kept appearing on the show over and over, so the show was easy to beat. (Does Jeopardy! repeat their questions on multiple shows? I doubt it.)


On this past Fridays show, a couple missed by $8.
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