julieonefive wrote:This reply is way late, but when I was a kid we recorded everything on Betas. We had a crazy library of tapes, with binders indexing the episodes by name AND by episode order. We'd even log the counter number for where on each tape each episode began.
Great minds think alike, julieonefive
! (Sounds like a 'Logan's Run' name there.) I did the same when it came to recording 'Doctor Who' episodes! Started out with very grainy images from WHYY (Ch. 44 from Philly) when I was stationed in New York and lived on Staten Island. Then we found WNJN (Ch. 50, Montclair, NJ) with crystal clear image! However, we had to have our internal UHF antenna positioned just right (this was in an apartment building, 12th floor); if we didn't, any planes on their way into or out of Kennedy, La Guardia, or Newark airports would make the picture pulsate, fuzz out, and distort! Oh, the joys of old antenna reception! (Yes; I'm that old - in fact on the 15th of this month, even older.
Then we started re-recording everything. (The first one we found was "Logopolis". They finished the Tom Baker and Peter Davison eras - showing each story in "movie" format on Saturday nights). Then they started with William Hartnell and Ep 1! We taped everything and logged the numbers. Our Beta failed when they got to Jon Pertwee's "The Curse of Peladon", and with no other Betas to be found by then, we bought a VHS to record the rest. I was transferred to Virginia Beach (where I ended up retiring) after Sylvester McCoy's second season, and with no 'Who' showing in my new area, Season 26 was the only one I never caught on tape.
Thanks heavens they started releasing the stories on DVD because it's nigh on impossible to fine a reliable Beta player, and I'm sure those tapes have seriously degraded by now. So we're rebuilding the collection on DVD (and Netflix is holding us over with the New Series until we can get them all)!
julieonefive wrote:And was it Andy that said Happiness Patrol? That episode scared the CRAP outta me! It still freaks me out a little.
Okay, I say let's start a second topic: "Which 'Doctor Who' episodes really scared the pogies out of you?" (Yeah, I know "pogies" is a Classic 'Galactica' term, but it works to get the point across.)
I'll keep an eye out for that one; if nobody starts it within a day or so, I'll start it. Then we'll have this "Favorite" topic, and the "Keep it away!" topic.