A life-changing Christmas gift and its eternal power over our futures


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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Dick Ellingson

Author: Dick Ellingson

Masked man and dogs aging gratefully in a little country town. Parcel post crusher; blood'n'guts laundry serf; parking lot fender bender/bumper jumper; KC135 line flunkie with 7-word job title; P-I down crew; bobtail trucker; Sunbeam breader; retail store mangler; bothersome boiler roomie; fake real estate agent; d.j./copywriter/p.d./ripper/reader - 600 KGEZ Good Advertising, Kalispell; Community Radio 1510 KURB, Mountlake Terrace; 1540 News and Music & 92.5 Solid Gold Rock and Roll KFKF, Bellevue; 1150 Kountry KAYO #1 Gun for Radio Fun, Seattle; 1300 KoMPaSs Radio 13 Modern Country, Seattle; 1360 KLFF Good Music and Great Memories, Glendale/Phoenix; 106.3 Concert 106 KONC Sun City; 1580 KCWW Real Country Network, Tempe/Phoenix. Volunteer P-I/Times news reader for Evergreen Radio Reading Service at the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library, Seattle; dotcomboom day trader; King County Metro Bus Driver; Seattle Streetcar Operator. And in 2017, after living out a little boy's dreams, retired at age 78.

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