Tag Archives: VHS Time Capsule

1st American Rental: “Laundromat” (circa 1989)

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The experience of watching a long-play VHS tape was indeed a visceral one. The timing of the jingles and the order of the programs in addition to the placement of the all-too-frequent lapses in reception were, indeed, akin to a music suite. That’s why I’ve been working on this VHS Time Capsule–to bring back a piece of that experience for the future generations to understand and enjoy. Or, at the very least, for this generation to reminisce over!

Last week, I rewatched an episode of Reading Rainbow that I have long cherished. As the episode begins, LeVar Burton, the show’s host, appears alone on a smog-filled dock on Charleston Harbor.

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Miss Cleo dead at 53

Y’all…Miss Cleo died. I wonder if the cards told her it was coming.

Miss Cleo dead at 53

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Japan’s Last VHS Video Tape Recorder Maker Ends Production This Month

Truly the end of an era.

Funai sold 750,000 VHS units last year

Source: Japan’s Last VHS Video Tape Recorder Maker Ends Production This Month – News – Anime News Network

AT&T: “We clearly have competitive prices” (circa 1988)

Remember when you had to pay for long-distance telephone service?

One of AT&T’s “The Right Choice” series of advertisements from the mid-late 1980s. This one features then-director of market management Nina Aversano explaining why AT&T is the best market choice for long-distance telephone service in the deregulation era.

As The World Turns closing credit sequence (circa 1988)

1988 closing credits from “As The World Turns” including the advertisement that put the “soap” in “soap opera”, Dan Region’s invitation for the next episode, and the Procter & Gamble Productions ident. I don’t know about you, but that theme song really sticks out in my memory. My mom watched ATWT religiously (hence the VHS recording), so this sequence conjures a weird nostalgia for me. A nostalgia for simpler times, console televisions, and syndicated cartoons.

The Arsenio Hall Show clip (circa 1991)

Clip of the ending segments of the OG Arsenio Hall Show showing the “funky dancing paiges”, Continental Airlines credit, and signoff: “I’ll see you in 23 hours….”

Man, I miss that show!