Wednesday, June 07, 2023

It's VCR Day

Upon tearing off yesterday's page, on my Garbage Pail Kids 2023 calendar, I found out that today is VCR Day.

Okay, we're well into the 21st Century by now. However, VCRs will ALWAYS be important to MY history.

I grew up in the days when VCRs - and obviously: their tapes - were huge. My uncle even owned a video cassette rental shop, so that should highlight just how big that sort of technology was to my childhood.

VCR Day - June 7th 2023

As I sit here, I think of all the tapes I owned. Strike that - I STILL OWN!

And then there are those that are no longer with us. 

A tape I had that died due to age had a bunch of Laurel and Hardy short films on it. This is the cassette which introduced me to the comedy duo via their hysterical film: Below Zero. I wrote about this film on its 85th anniversary in 2015 and almost a couple of years ago when it was once again on British TV.

On the plus side, I have all of those films that were on the cassette in a DVD box set. It would have been nice to still have that one tape for sentimental purposes, though.

Most of my VHS tape collection is of pro wrestling shows I recorded during my childhood. I've converted a lot of this library to digital/DVD now because the Laurel and Hardy tape situation taught me well.

I truly could go on and on about all the video cassettes I've made from recording stuff from TV from the early 80s right through to, I guess, the very early 2000s. 

I suppose I should end on a Garbage Pail Kids theme. After all, I wouldn't be here celebrating VCRs today if not for the GPK calendar.

Back in the early 1990s, I had a video tape with three films on it. One of the films was Gremlins II: The New Batch. The second was Killer Klowns From Outer Space and the third was.. The Garbage Pail Kids Movie!

Quite a triple bill, if I say so myself.

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