Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thank Goodness We Still Have Warner Wolf...

For those of you who might not be familiar with him, Warner Wolf has been an ubiquitous presence as a sportscaster in the New York television (and now radio) market for decades.  During his lengthy career he has been - at one time or another - the sports anchor on the evening news for the local ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates.  Along the way, he coined several catchphrases, including "Let's go to the videotape!", which he parlayed into the title of his book.  

You may not have known that as of July 23, 2016 there is just one company in the world that still manufactures the VCR.  In the event a millennial happens past this space today, "VCR" is the acronym for "Video Cassette Recorder".  As it turns out, as of July 31, 2016 there shall be zero companies in the world that shall manufacture the VCR.  

Funai Electric, a Japanese electronics company, which has been the last man(ufacturer) standing in the VCR game, is ceasing production of them at month's end.  Apparently, given that no one else makes them (although apparently 750,000 of them were sold globally in 2015), Funai has had difficulty acquiring the parts needed to make the device.  Personally, I never suspected that a digital clock that does nothing but blink "12:00" on an eternal loop would be an impossible-to-find item.  

I reckon that in addition to Warner, we shall always have Garth and Wayne and their VCR game... is fun for the whole family. 


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