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» Thursday, March 24, 2005
DVD Transfer Diary
Last night: finished up the American Experience shows with "The World of Tomorrow." This film about the 1939 New York World's Fair is narrated by Jason Robards, and along with marvelous black and white and color footage of the fair, there are home movies of Robards and his family. I had some time at the end (I still do, unfortunately) and popped on some appropriate shorts: some of the "Popular Science" newsreel clips I had kept from the series Invention that used to run on A&E—anyone remember that one? with host Lucky Severnson (sp?)—and some old Fox Movietone films from the 1950s, including the X-15 flying, weather balloons being mistaken for UFOs, etc.

This afternoon: transferred the Christmas episodes of Hill Street Blues ("Lordy God, it's Christmas Eve and I'm gonna get shot dead in a moose suit") and NYPD Blue (I realized I hadn't watched the latter since I taped it; everyone looked so young!). At the end I tacked the two take-offs of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, "Raging Rudolph" and "The Reinfather" (well, both the other shows were about crime...seemed appropriate!).

Tonight: found something else for the stand-up comedy disk with Robin Williams and Elayne Boosler, An Evening With Lewis Grizzard. Also tacked on two short Gallagher bits, "Why?" from The Tonight Show and "Women" from the Smothers Brothers' revival show.