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Happy Birthday Carol Burnett! Born Today, April 26, in 1933…

“I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it!” - Carol Burnett as Miss Starlett in Went With the Wind… (and Harvey Korman as Rat Butler)

70 film and television roles including Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed, Pete ‘n’ Tillie – and of course The Carol Burnett Show and Mama’s Family…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTKhw-v5h2I

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Lucille Désirée Ball {August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989}

“God wanted the world to laugh, and he invented you.” -Sammy Davis Jr.

“Every year on my birthday, Lucy would send me flowers. She was on my show several times and I guest [starred] on hers, so we were really close. She died on my birthday. I remember getting up and seeing it on the morning shows and it was out of the blue. She’d been sick, but they thought she was going to come home and she died. I got my flowers that afternoon.” -Carol Burnett

The magic of the VCR truly came from having tapes that you’d recorded from TV with several–usually disconnected–movies or shows on them. 

For example, one of my favorite tapes was our Return of the Jedi tape. This tape also had on it the 1980s Annie (with Aileen Quinn and Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan… best Miss Hannigan in history, imo) and Mary Martin’s Peter Pan. I spent many a Saturday morning glued to the TV and watching them back to back to back, which was a good six hours of programming.

Or our tape with Dumbo on it… Dumbo, which we’d taped from a Wonderful World of Disney that was themed on “it’s what you do with what you’ve got that pays off in the end” (and I only remember that was the theme because there was this ditty between each of the cartoons that had these kewl duudes singing that very thing, all jazzy, over the recap of the cartoon). So we already had Dumbo and Elmer the Elephant and Mickey and the Beanstalk… but then we still had more tape, so that was where my parents recorded a bunch of Christmas specials. I remember I brought the tape into school one holiday season and everyone laughed at me because who in the world brings Dumbo to watch at Christmas?

Of course, the recording multiple things on tape situation could be ugly, too. My favorite movie growing up (and now, tbh) was An American Tail. Our copy had been made for us by my then-uncle Lloyd (a douchebag, as those named Lloyd often are), and one day, when I was watching it, my dad wanted to check the score of the basketball game. He tried to pause the tape and switch to the TV signal, but instead, he managed to record a good 10 seconds of Celtics vs. Bulls, ca. 1989. 

(at least that was during the Larry Bird era?)

Older tapes tended to lose quality. They slowed down or sped up, got all fuzzy and grainy, and were generally a mess. The sound was underwater at times, and the colors would go in and out, but you’d still keep the tape because it was your favorite.

And basically, VCRs and video cassettes were the absolute worst in terms of convenience, but I don’t know anyone my age-ish who doesn’t look on them with some nostalgia.