Test patterns

Older people will remember that TV stations were not on 24 hours a day. They would usually sign off with the National Anthem accompanied by a video of scenery like mountains and oceans around 1 or 2 a.m. Test patterns would also be shown at sign-off. The Indian-head pattern is well known.

Anti-smoking commercials

The one I remember is from the 1960s with William Talman who had been on the Perry Mason TV program and who died soon after the commercial was filmed. This tweet reminded me of the commercials

We didn’t know how bad smoking was until the Surgeon General’s report in 1964. I had pot before tobacco. I only smoked about 15-20 cigarettes ever and never bought a pack.

Good tweets on CNN’s shift to the right

MTV began on 8/1/81

Richard Nixon on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In was a great comedy show that was on TV from 1968-1973.

from the Wikipedia article:

During the September 16, 1968, episode, Richard Nixon, running for president, appeared for a few seconds with a disbelieving vocal inflection, asking “Sock it to me?” Nixon was not doused or assaulted. An invitation was extended to Nixon’s opponent, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, but he declined.[9] According to George Schlatter, the show’s creator, “Humphrey later said that not doing it may have cost him the election“, and “[Nixon] said the rest of his life that appearing on Laugh-In is what got him elected. And I believe that. And I’ve had to live with that.”[4][10] In an episode of the ill-fated 1977 revival, Rich Little as Nixon says, “I invited the American people to sock-it-to-me…. you can stop now”.[citation needed]

Do you remember Morris the Cat?