Hi Bill, My wife and I just bought a 26" Westinghouse LCD at Best Buy about 3 months ago for a little over $500 with tax. Our 25" Toshiba that was a demo at the company I worked for gave out on us. I bought it for $150 in 1986 and it just gave up the ghost after only 21 years. Piece of junk! I'm real happy with the Westinghouse set. I also was limited as to how big the set could be in width. One thing you need to remember is that when you are in a showroom, anything under 42" looks small. In your home, however, a really large set can swallow your room unless the room is very large. I have installed sets in the past that were way to big for the room they were to be used in. BTW, as one of the elders here I also remember some of those things you mentioned. Does any one else remember sign off of the tv stations at about 11 p.m. ? Harry D
Oh yes, I certainly do remember "test patterns" and, of course, playing the national anthem at midnight!
Keeping with the TV theme...
I remember "The following program is brought to you in LIVING COLOR on NBC"
I remember when every TV set had to be readjusted for vertical roll on a regular basis!
I remember "rabbit ears" as something GOOD!
I remember "prime time" half hour cartoon shows, e.g. The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest...
I remember cigarette ads on TV ("LSMFT...Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco" "I'd rather fight than switch" and who can forget the "Marlboro Man" riding off into the sunset with the theme from The Magnificent Seven playing in the background!)
Sorry for the threadjack, guys...you know us old-timers!
And thanks for the feedback on LCD/plasma. By the way, Mike, I was meaning that PLASMA is noted as having a wider viewing angle than LCD, not the other way around.
Since our viewing location is only about 8 or 9 feet from the set, I suppose a set larger than 37 inches would be stupid or can I go with a 42 incher?
I remember bus drivers having those little change making gizmos on their belt and making change for you if you needed it!