A Picture From My Past — WBT Circa 1971

Also featured, three dead guys, someone from Hazard, KY, a production wiz, a limo company owner and the owner of a voluminous collection of 45s!

John Harper found this photo on Facebook. What must one enter in the search box to come up with this?

I’m second from the left. The guy in the middle is my friend Bob who visited last weekend. Also featured, three dead guys, someone from Hazard, KY, a production wiz, a limo company owner and the owner of a voluminous collection of 45s!


It’s Twue

Go to the DeLorean Motors parts site (are they still around?) and enter ‘flux’ in the search box.

That’s it. This is do-it-yourself night.

The Remote Control

Remember when you had to get up to change channels on TV? Life was so much simpler then.

Actually, in the TV business, life was so much more lucrative and predictable then. You didn’t have to worry about 30 seconds of uninteresting programming driving an audience away. That’s why you could have ‘variety’ shows, like Ed Sullivan, who might have an opera singer, juggler, and Elvis all on the same night.

I digress.

My pocket vibrated last night at the station. Helaine was on the cell phone. The remote for the TV in the bedroom had stopped working. Did I have a clue what might be wrong?

I did. But there was no way to fix it remotely (ha – I made myself laugh).

What probably happened was the code reset button was inadvertently pressed and held. The remote started speaking Mandarin instead of English – or so it would have seemed to the TV.

Do you have the instruction sheet for your remote(s)? Me neither. Though it’s a Magnavox/Philips, their websites had no info.

Google, don’t fail me now.

I popped open the remote, looking for a model number. Of course, there’s nothing but the manufacturers names on the outside. On either side of the battery was a sticker with some numbers and letters. I took a guess and entered “cl015” into a search box.

On the first entry I found pay dirt. The site was remotecentral.com and it was filled with postings like this:

I have the CL015, and a Mitsubishi TV- I moved and my code manual was lost in the shuffle, we are set up in our new place and now that the v=codes are gone it is very inconvenient if any one has a code list please email jmmansuri@yahoo.com

And this:

I have a philips-magnavox universal remote that controls six components but the only model number I can find says CLO13 by the batteries. I lost the instruction manual for it and I need to know how to program it for my Zenith tv. If someone could please help me out I would really appreciate it. My e-mail address is garciasg83@hotmail.com. Thanks.

How many remotes get thrown out every day because there’s no easy way to make them work?

We have at least ten, maybe more. The family room table often holds three – TV, DVD, cable box. And, even though some say “Universal Remote,” they never control all the functions.


So sad.

The correct answer to all the questions was posted by someone going by the name Abrodino. He is today’s good Samaritan in the Fox house.