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My father refused to buy a B&W TV, he said he was waiting for color. Finally, around 1954, Hallicrafters came out with a TV that it claimed that could be adapted to the CBS Color system, which involved a spinning color wheel disk in front of the tube. But then the government went with the RCA system for color and it never showed anything but B&W. Dad was a former ham radio operator and trusted Hallicrafter. I remember that the Hallicrafter set was showing the accident when the Andrea Doria sank and a large blob of fire came out of the back of the set and it caught fire. I hit it with a CO2 extinguisher and put it out. It was unsalvageable. Before we threw it out, we saw that there was no way a spinning disk could ever be installed in it. My father lost his faith in Hallicrafter.
I think my father was right to put off buying a TV. I read every one of the Hardy Boys novels, Gone with the Wind, The Sun was My Undoing, five of Dickens' novels. most of Mark Twain and was halfway through Nancy Drew when Dad finally bought that TV. In Kansas City we had one channel for a long time. Two radio stations KCMO & WHB joined together to show nine hours of TV and 15 hours of a test pattern with an Indian head on it every day.