Here are a couple more
electronics-themed comics from you that appeared in the October 1950 issue of
Radio & Television News magazine. The comic on page 50 might challenge
your ability to appreciate the situation. Television was still a relatively new
phenomenon and people were fanatical (the origin of "fan" is "fanatic") over it.
Crowds gathered in front of store windows containing a TV set to watch the magic
of the technology. The opportunity to watch live sporting events via television
was available to many people only at venues outside the home, as a TV was still
a middle class accessory at the time. Today when people gather around a TV set at
a bar, it is not because they could not watch it on their smartphones or home TV
sets or computers, but because they want the camaraderie of fellow fans. Although
I am tempted to assume most people "get" the gag in the page 167 comic, it could
very well be that not many are familiar with what a radio or TV antenna looks like,
since the ones they use are buried inside their phones. It is rare to see an old-fashioned
multi-element antenna on a house anymore, and the antennas on cell towers look nothing
like them. About the only place you see a multi-element antenna anymore is on a
remote utility installation that uses UHF radio for supervisory and control and
data acquisition (SCADA).
"All right! Come down to the first row and do your drinking!
I had one fellow fall off the high stool and break his leg!"
"It gives better results than my outside antenna!"
Posted May 4, 2022