With thanks to Bob Moke, the Record Professor, this song, produced for in-store promotion of RCA Victor’s red-hot electronic device called ‘television,’ reveals an exciting new world of discovery for the American teenage girl. Originally issued on the RCA Custom label, “I Want A Television Christmas (A World Of Magic All My Own)” by Mindy Carson was recorded November 3, 1950.
Move ahead ten years and think about how the course of history would have changed if we hadn’t been able to watch Richard Nixon sweat while John Kennedy kept his cool during their televised 1960 presidential debate.
Republican Senator Robert Dole of Kansas heard the debate on the radio and thought his man Nixon did well. The next day, Dole watched a video clip and changed his mind. The conservative Manchester Union-Leader, which supported Nixon, said it thought “Nixon was clobbered” by his TV performance. Both the New York Times and Herald-Tribune gave the debate to Nixon on issues and substance, but Kennedy’s Ipana smile radiated confidence, even to America’s non-voting teenage girls, while Nixon
looked like a man who had missed his dose of Sal Hepatica.
And for all of this, CBS bumped The Andy Griffith Show.
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