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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Baby Boomer Thursdays-Telstar

No real estate on Thursdays, just some baby boomer fun...

The blog Retro Thing has a nice article up with video and photos marking the anniversary of satellite TV broadcasting. On July 10, 1962, Telstar, its name and image still instantly recognizable to us, left Cape Canaveral. It was literally bound for the future.

In an illustration of just how far things have come, Telstar had a mere 20 minute window on each orbit for relaying broadcasts between Europe and the US. What was pure high drama to us then must seem quaint to younger readers.

Even More Quaint
NPR had a pre-Telstar report a few days ago on the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. CBS, with Walter Cronkite at the helm, had the broadcast rights, and these were the first Olympics on commercial TV.

The film was flown daily, yes on an airplane, from Rome to New York City for editing, scripting, and broadcast. The network ran 20 hours of Olympic programming that year. By contrast, for the 2004 summer games, NBC ran 1,210 hours, much of it by satellite.

Celebrating Telstar
Telstar captured the national, even the global imagination. So it is not surprising that by August of 1962, Telstar the song had hit the charts. Performed by The Tornados, the melody occupied the Billboard survey for a full 16 weeks here, 25 weeks in The UK.

The song still conjures a feeling of grand anticipation, and the simple fact that we can share these things the way we do in 2008 is testament to the profound significance of July 10, 1962.

This Weeks Video Clip
2 Minutes, Telstar by The Tornados

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