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Good Thursday morning to you!

My daughter Abby and I watched a few vintage TV shows this past weekend while out camping in our RV on a rainy day. We caught episodes of “Bewitched” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” — in magnificent black and white! Yes, black and white. Abby asked me when TV shows started broadcasting in color and if consumers had to buy color TVs to see color shows. I wasn’t sure on the answers, so I did a bit of research. Here is what I learned, courtesy of thoughtco.com.
      1. The first commercial color TV program aired on June 25, 1951, on CBS but went nearly unwatched since most people only had black-and-white televisions.
     2. It wasn't until the 1960s when consumers began buying color TVs in mass. And it wasn’t until the 1970s when the American public started purchasing more color TV sets than black-and-white ones.
     3. To prevent black-and-white sets from becoming obsolete, adapters were created that could be attached to black-and-white sets to convert color programming into black and white. But the opposite was not possible. You had to have a color TV to watch color television shows.
     Most of this was before my time, but I do admit to buying a console color television in 1990 from Stogdill’s TV in Des Moines. It was enclosed in a wooden cabinet, and the sound and image were spectacular for the time. It even swiveled! I moved that TV a few times and nearly killed my brother taking it down the stairs once, but it was a marvel in its day. Even though it worked perfectly for the next two decades, I eventually had to pay to have it hauled away.
     So, Abby, there are your answers to the color TV questions.
     Thanks for reading, and have a thoughtful Thursday!

Shane Goodman
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The Score
Nationals 6 Cardinals 0
Brewers 7 Cub 0
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FROM KCCI: Iowa House passes pro-policing bill 63-30

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers are moving forward on a series of measures they said are designed to protect police officers. Racial justice groups were at the Iowa Statehouse less than a week ago protesting the "Back the Blue" legislation amid some concern this would make police less accountable. Supporters said this is not about protecting bad cops. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Gov. Reynolds Addresses How Pause of J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Will Affect Iowa’s Vaccination Efforts

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed the national pause on the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and how it will affect Iowans seeking to be vaccinated during her weekly coronavirus briefing Wednesday morning. The pause was announced Tuesday by the FDA and the CDC after six people in the U.S. had a rare side effect and developed blood clots within two weeks of getting the vaccine.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Polk County Medical Examiner testifies on Day 2 of Marvin Esquivel Lopez trial

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines police detective testified Wednesday there was no sign of a struggle inside the home in July 2019 when Rossibeth Flores Rodriguez and her two children were killed, and the Polk County Medical Examiner told jurors the mother attempted to shield herself from the attack. Marvin Esquivel Lopez is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Esquivel Lopez and her two kids, 5-year-old Ever and 11-year-old Daniela.. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers’ poll. CITYVIEW readers have voted:

Best Local Outdoor Sporting Event
I. Iowa Cubs
2. Drake Relays
3. Iowa State Football


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Meet Missie Linder:
Says her colleagues, district have helped her grow as a teacher

By T.K. West

After growing up in the Des Moines Metro area, Missie Linder received an undergraduate degree in elementary education and early childhood development from Northwest Missouri State University. She earned a reading endorsement from Drake University as well as a master’s degree in differentiated instruction from Graceland University. Today, she teaches second grade at Horizon Elementary School in Johnston.
     Linder enjoys many things about the Johnston Community School District, one of which is learning from her colleagues and growing professionally. She says she originally moved to Johnston schools in order to become part of a growing district with an outstanding reputation for working with students from all backgrounds.


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Things To Do

Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m.
The Des Moines Symphony performs its seventh livestreamed concert in its “Live from the Temple” series, Fireworks & Fanfare.
At: Streaming concert passes are $20 per household; each includes a link and access code for one device. Ticketholders can watch these livestreamed concerts on a Smart TV, a laptop, or even on a phone, and can replay them for 30 days after the live broadcast. More information, including streaming FAQs and a digital program book, can be found on dmsymphony.org/howtostream.
Info: All brass! “The Rejoicing” from Handel’s Royal Fireworks serves as a fitting opener to this evening of exhilarating brass and percussion music, while Piazzolla’s lively Tango Suite draws the concert to a rhythmic and electrifying close. Filmed at the Temple for Performing Arts and broadcast live on the Symphony’s website, these concerts feature a reduced-size orchestra spaced appropriately to ensure musician safety. Each broadcast includes special interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, along with a post-concert interview with Maestro Joseph Giunta.


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