The Fedora Chronicles Picture TubeOnce in a rare occasion there comes a Television Program that reminds us on The Fedora Chronicles of the values of a by-gone era, or remind us of how much things have changed. Other times there's a show that captures our imagination by putting rugged individuality on display.

Then there are times we want to take a look back at the dawn of home theater and remember how we watched our favorite classic films in the comfort of our own living rooms...


Ken Burns' - "The War"

From The PBS Website: "THE WAR, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns. The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

Throughout the series, the indelible experience of combat is brought vividly to life as veterans describe what it was like to fight and kill and see men die at places like Monte Cassino and Anzio and Omaha Beach; the Hürtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains and the Ardennes; and on the other side of the world at Guadalcanal and Tarawa and Saipan; Peleliu and the Philippine Sea and Okinawa. In all of the battle scenes, dramatic historical footage and photographs are combined with extraordinarily realistic sound effects to give the film a terrifying, visceral immediacy." Click here for more information...


"That 70's Rant" -

It’s kind of weird for me taking about “That 70’s Show” on a website for retro-centrics and vintage aficionados with our main focus being the 192’0s through to 1955 and trying to revive that spirit of substance and style now in the 21st Century... With some obvious exceptions, everything that I disliked about the 1970’s is everything I love about “The Golden Era.”


The Apprentice 5

Why a rant about “The Apprentice” on The Fedora Chronicles? It’s for no other reason, because it’s the only show that I follow and this is a test to see if other members of The FC staff would like to follow another Reality Show and write a weekly rant about it. (And, let’s be blunt… Trump needs to get a Phantom Blue fedora to go with those suits of his. His Hair needs to get trimmed and he needs to get with the Retro-Centric style of yesteryear.)

Why is this the only show I watch regularly? It’s one of the few shows that are entertaining and informative, and it’s fun to see someone else get fired for a change. (Not that I’ve been fire a lot…) The show is also a bit of commentary on traditional values or the lack of them, as personified by the individual candidates.


First, it’s hard to imagine that NBCs "The West Wing" - the show staring Martin Sheen as President Jeb Bartlet, his cabinet and his family - is heading off the air. Since the show will play on forever indefinitely on The Bravo Network, sandwiched between other reruns of that channels own shows such as “Queer Eye…” “Blow Out” and The Survivor/Apprentice knock-off which is almost as good as it’s prototypes – “Top Chef.” it won't ever really be gone. Forever we’ll be able to “travel back in time to The Bartlet Administration;” where at least on Television politicians on both sides of the isle are the people we wish they could be… or at least how the show’s creator Aaron Sorkin would like to believe.


The RCA SelectraVision!

Before the proliferation of VCR's (First The Beta, then VHS...) how were people able to see movies at home? Erin Weinstock (System Cat from our forum and "Buck Rogers In The 26th Century" shares with us a look back at this technology that was ahead of it's time...



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