So, what’s this all about?
What’s is this all about?
Over the course of the several revisions this page has received, I’ve pondered that. Is it about vintage television broadcasts? Obsolete electronics? Advertising from bygone eras? A general celebration of Northeast Ohio? (And, sometimes, beyond!)
Well, yes, it is all of that. But it’s something more, too.
I think it all goes back to a book I was reading in grade school. I don’t even remember the book, nor do I remember what grade I was in. It was probably 3rd or 4th grade, and the book, it was a classic of some sort. It used an old painting for the cover art. This was a portrait that went waaaay back, and if I recall correctly, the credits notated it as being from the 1800s.
But, what really struck me about that cover, and the credits inside the book, was this: the original artist was listed as unknown. It was information that had become lost to time. This was something that affected me deeply. How could something just no longer be known like that? What were the origins of the painting? The circumstances surrounding it? Who was the artist behind it? What happened to them? It was a curious, thought-provoking feeling.
And, it’s a feeling that I carry with me to this very day. The idea of something, anything, becoming lost, disappearing into the mists of the past, unknown to modern audiences, it’s something I find unfathomable, and something I want to help avoid.
So, where does this blog come in?
Well, taking even a cursory glance at this site will quickly reveal the subjects of my interest: classic movies, classic television, classic movies on television, horror movie hosts, obsolete electronics, advertising, and beyond. These are subjects that I love collecting, diving deeper into, gaining more knowledge of, as best as I can. At the center of this blog are my personal interests and hobbies.
But, it’s not enough to just look at the latest electronic, or a big-budget Hollywood film. Plenty of people do that, and in this internet-based world we live in, it’s highly unlikely any information nowadays is going to be lost to time.
That’s not to say I won’t ever focus on something “well known” to the masses; I have and I will. But, my main objective with this blog is to detail the obscure subjects. A long-forgotten television broadcast, a rare VHS tape, a relatively-unknown movie, a wildly-obsolete electronic. Things in that vein are what drive me to give them an internet presence of some sort; to bring them back into the light, to ensure that they’re not lost to time. That’s my purpose, that’s my goal.
After all, if I don’t do it, what guarantee is there that someone else will?