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Echo Housing Counseling

2nd Wednesday 10:00 am – noon
call 943-5851 for an appointment

 

ECHO provides free, confidential counseling for seniors on landlord/tenant and fair housing issues.

Trained mediators will help to resolve housing disputes and housing discrimination complaints through conciliation and mediation.

 

Monthly Trivia for August

Kinescope Recording

Ever wonder why the television shows from the fifties have such bad picture quality.   In a word, the kinescope.

The term can refer to the process itself, the equipment used for the procedure (a 16 mm or 35 mm movie camera mounted in front of a video monitor, and synchronized to the monitor’s scanning rate), or a film made using the process. Television monitors draw the frame in scanlines and film records a whole frame at once, causing the fuzzy pictures and artifacts.

 

kinescopePrograms originally shot with film cameras and edited were rarely used in the early days of television, as they were considered inferior to the big-production “live” programs because of their lower budgets and loss of spontaneity.

Prior to the introduction of videotape in 1956, kinescopes were the only way to record live television broadcasts. Recordings were necessary to distribute network television programs to stations not connected to the network, or to stations that wished to show a program at a different time than the network broadcast. Although the quality was less than desirable, television programs of all types from prestigious dramas to regular news shows were handled in this manner.

In the era before satellite communications, kinescopes were used to distribute live events such as a Royal Wedding. The networks were so organized events could be broadcast worldwide only 18 hours after the event.

By 1951, NBC and CBS were each shipping out some 1,000 16mm kinescope prints each week to their affiliates across the United States, and by 1955 that number had increased to 2,500 per week for CBS. By 1954 the television industry’s film consumption surpassed that of all of the Hollywood studios combined.

In 1951, the stars and producers of the Hollywood-based television series I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, decided to film the show directly onto 35 mm film and edit it, instead of broadcasting it live. As an article in American Cinematographer explained, “   In the beginning there was a very definite reason for the decision of Desilu Productions to put I Love Lucy on film instead of doing it live and having kinescope recordings carry it to affiliate outlets of the network. The company was not satisfied with the quality of kinescopes. It saw that film, produced especially for television, was the only means of ensuring top quality pictures on the home receiver as well as ensuring a flawless show.”

The I Love Lucy decision introduced reruns to most of the American television audience, and set a pattern for the syndication of TV shows after their network runs (and later, for first-run airings via syndication). This marked the beginning of the end for kinescopes.

Kinescopes were intended to be used for immediate rebroadcast, or for an occasional repeat of a prerecorded program, so, only a small fraction of kinescope recordings remain today. Many television shows are represented by only a handful of episodes. However crude the pictures produced, without kinescopes we would never be able to watch Howdy Doody on YouTube.

 

Calendar for the Week of July 24, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm HICAP Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Thursday 11:00 am – 1:15 pm Senior Legal Services appointment required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

C.C. Cafe

Looking  to  Volunteer  a  Couple  of  Hours  a  Week?

The  Walnut  Creek  C.C.  Café  needs  YOU!

Choose  your  hours  between  10:00 am  to  1:00 pm  Monday  through  Friday .

The  café,  located  in  the  dining  room  at  the  Walnut  Creek  Community  Center,  provides  healthy,  nutritious  meals  for  seniors  60+.

Please  call  Kenny  at  925-­‐280  -­‐7310  today!

Annual Volunteer Recognition Lunch

All our fantastic volunteers are invited to a special catered luncheon in their honor!  Be our guests for a fun day with friends and staff.  We would like to take this opportunity to honor and thank you for the extraordinary time an talents you so generously give to the Walnut Creek Senior Program.

Friday, September 11, 2014

Doors open at 10:00 am

Lakeside Room, Heather Farm Community Center
301 N. San Carlos, Walnut Creek

Please RSVP by Friday,August 28 – 925-943-5852

Transportation available within Walnut Creek

 

Calendar for the Week of August 17, 2015

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Lounge
Wednesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Trivia Fan-atics Conference Room
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

Do you like Scrabble?

Would you like to participate in or help organize a new scrabble club?

Please call 943-5851 to sign up!

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