Getting ready for work on Thursday morning and had one of the little-known treasures of television—the Buzzr (correct spelling, not Buzzer)—on in the background.
This is the network known for broadcasting some classic early TV game shows, like What’s My Line and To Tell The Truth, complete with the early commercials of the day.
As I was about to hit the off button on the way out the door, a commercial came on about the “brand new 1953 Sylvania” television.
Color television wasn’t even on the table in 1953 and did not make a widespread appearance until the NBC Television Network introduced it with a Peacock logo 10 years later.
Driving to work, that got me to thinking.
People in 1953, even with the newest televisions, had no idea of what the future held in the industry—certainly color wasn’t in the cards.
People living 100 years ago at the end of WWI probably never realized that television would exist, let alone something called the internet.
People living now probably think football as we know it is going to exist in 2118, but I have serious doubts after what happened with two of Temple’s promising players—linebacker Jeremy Atoki and running back David Hood—over the last few months.
Atoki became the first scholarship disc jockey in Temple history, playing the tunes at the practices, while Hood—the team’s leading rusher a year ago—is giving up football at the advice of his doctors because of too many concussions. Hood is also going to pursue a career in music. A few years ago, quarterback Kevin Newsome—a one-time top Penn State recruit—had the same idea. I completely understand and support the decisions of all three guys and it might be an indication of a changing culture.
We’re not talking about football to music as much as parents steering their kids away from contact sports like football. An Indy car driver appeared on the 1210 AM (WPHT) morning show and said when asked about crashes: “I’m giving each of my kids a set of golf clubs.”
We don’t know what will happen in 100 years and we won’t be around to find out, but I would not be surprised that football on the NFL level or college does not exist anymore.
Maybe someone will dig into the archives of this blog and discover this prediction. Hopefully, they will laugh at it but I have my doubts.
Now if I could only find the guy who predicted color TV in 1953.
Monday: How Temple Stacks Up