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Thursday, April 7, 1960   Vol. C771



East Farewell – By any measure television has far surpassed radio as the American entertainment medium. In the past 10 years television has gone from being an interesting gadget to a household appliance that take center stage in the majority of America’s living room. The giant radio receiver has been replaced by the flickering black and white screen showing cowboys, lawyers and fancied-up vaudeville variety shows. Towns in the more rural areas like East Farewell have been slower in getting swept in the change. While some have been able to use tall antennas to receive distant signals most just have not had a set at all. This all changed last week when the town council announced they will award a franchise contract to a local entrepreneur, Manny Horowitz, to string TV cable wires through town and set up an master antenna way up on Mount Walker. Horowitz has presented a detailed proposal to the council showing how he would wire the town and how each house would have access to his service.

            “This is a big step for the town,” said Town Council president Tom Connelly, “We have to make sure we check out exactly how he plans to do this and exactly what he is offering. It is an immense job and will create lots of disruptions all through town. We are looking forward to this service and I just heard the Wards will be soon offering TV sets for sale. In the long run I don’t see any viable alternative to this type system, many communities around us have already completed systems and I have looked at them and they seem to work pretty well.”

            Horowitz said he expects to start production immediately and hopes to have the system up and running within the year. “I have assembled a top notch group of experienced builders, most from the phone company, and they know how to put up cable. My engineering crew is also the best around and we are working with the best manufacturers to bring the town the best of the best.”

            The service will be offer to the citizens of East Farewell on a subscription basis and will offer stations from Pittsburgh, Erie and possibly some New York stations. Horowitz was intentionally vague as to exactly what the lineup would be because he is still working with the stations over retransmission fees. He hinted that there was a possibility that even stations from as far away as Philadelphia may be in the mix. Typically, CATV systems offer 4 to 10 stations, all found in the VHF range of frequencies.

            Many people in town are very excited about the announcement and are looking forward to the service. “We can’t wait, our friends in Slate Mountain have it and it is really neat,” said local high school junior, Stacie Butler when she heard the announcement.

Lake Shore Drive showing poles that will carry TV



East Farewell- The league champion Cougars were honored during at an after school ceremony in the gymnasium. The Championship trophy was presented to the team and after the ceremony there was a novel activity, some of the alumni from the 1955 team, the last Regional High championship team and some other former members of the basketball team challenged the current champs to a matchup game. The stands were full and the atmosphere was jubilant. The alumni team was pulled together by Coach Wilson. He tries to keep in touch with his charges after they graduate and has followed many as they played in college. The 1955 team was an exceptional team, not only did they win the league championship they came in second in the state tournament.

The point guard, the center and one of the forwards from that team were able to make it back. Tim Green, Tom O’Hare and Michael Watson, respectively, took the floor along with Bobby Fox and Fergal Conner to face a much younger and admittedly in much better shape Cougars squad in a fun, loose short game (first team to 30). Watson and current center James Hawkins had a great time moving each other around and fighting for rebounds but Hawkins was able to come away with more offensive rebounds and surprisingly Watson led the defensive rebound category. The whole game was fairly lighthearted and both backcourts tried showing off a little. The older Bobby Fox and Tim Green showed they still had a lot of flair in their game as they put on an exhibition of ball handling but not to be out done young Bobby Fox (surprisingly they are not related) and Mack Mackenzie put on a little display of their own with a lot of fancy dribbling and quick, short passing. The crowd loved it. The players loved it. The game went on for about 45 minutes and the current champs were able to prevail 34-30, the winning team had to win by more than two. “I think they just outlasted us,” laughed Michael Watson after the game, “Their young legs just lasted longer than the old guys. It was great fun and these kids are very good. They deserve every honor they get. I hope the seniors go on to play in college, they could really be good.”

            The team will be changing as all five starters along with two players from the bench will be graduating. There are underclassmen on the team but they did not see much action throughout the season. It looks like the team and Coach Wilson will have its work cut out for it next year. For now though, the will be nothing but glad hand backslapping and lots of hugs and a trophy parade around the gym floor.



The United States launched the first weather satellite, the 270 pound TIROS-1, from Cape Canaveral at 6:40 a.m. EST. The name was an acronym for Television Infra-Red Observation Satellite. The same evening, satellite weather photos were introduced to the world, on television, for the first time. Taken from an altitude of 450 miles, the pictures of cloud cover confirmed the spiral pattern of winds in a storm.

Choosing between two U.S. Senators, voters in Wisconsin overwhelmingly favor John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts over Hubert Humphrey from neighboring Minnesota, by a margin of 478,118 to 372,034 in the first major primary for the Democratic nomination. Vice-President Nixon was unopposed for the Republican nomination.

At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, Ben-Hur won a record eleven Oscars, including Best Picture.

National Telefilm Associates (NTA) becomes the fifth applicant for Philadelphia’s channel 12. Other applicants include WHYY Inc. (an educational group and Metropolitan Broadcasting headed by John Kluge. Channel 12 went off the air in October, 1958 after Storer Broadcasting kept losing money on the operation. No one would buy the station, so Storer simply turned-in the license to the FCC.

Many, many thanks to www.mrpopculture.com for contributing to this section of the East Farewell News.

Published by JD Carroll

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