Friday, April 04, 2008

An Observation:
I've followed the many "items" on the Net. Regarding all the great experiences our retirees have relived, in most cases very favorable, and the kind of stuff that fond memories are made of ---both of people and the "never to forget" work experiences . I've always been tempted to relate a feeling many people I know as friends and relatives share about television today......At this point I'd like to say what prompted me to finally sit down and put it "on paper" was the statement from Harold Deppe and "stuff" that Gady has put on the Net from time to time....

I've heard about Harold Deppe but never had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. This is probably due to the fact that he was in Operations and or Field and I was in Audio Maintenance in the Production Center. Gady I know from his College Days . Anyway, Harold asked if there where "any Maintenance men out there " and why weren't they being heard from . Well here we are....I was one of the many Audio Maintenance Supervisors over the years.
Anyway, to get to the point of my statement about TV today. I think we all remember the "Big Move" in Audio when Stereo was introduced..... and how popular it was .....Then let's move to the days when you "got up to change your TV channel, set the volume control and satback and enjoyed....(Here's where my grandson would say, "you mean you had to get up to change the Channel") The point to be made here is that you rarely had to adjust audio between channels, and the level never changed when going from program to commercial ....
At that time a gentleman by the name of Fred Schutz was in charge of technical maintenance, and he made jolly well sure we had the Audiomax units (Loudness Control) in the P.C. rooms working properly. Changes from program to commercial were tolerable. Now, if I haven't lost you or "tuned" you out----"Our" big gripe is, no one cares about audio levels or quality anymore....FCC where areYou? You go from one channel. to another and you have to adjust the"Remote" audio-----many times program audio is LOW so you raise thelevel to a comfortable level--------but now the commercial comes on---and "blows you out of the room". Good thing remote controls were developed.

Thank you for reading this-----And as we often say in the E-mail world if you agree pass it on, if not, delete it.

Gene Pasculli

PS. Now we are hung-up on how large a picture we can get on HDTV. Who cares about the AUDIO......