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From: "William H. Ansley" <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (urth) A Solar Labyrinth: Dialing
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 01:20:46 

Robert Borski wrote:
>"'A Solar Labyrinth' is another favorite. Labyrinths seem to fascinate just
>about everyone, and for a while I was almost equally interested in what
>used to be called dialing."
>"Dialing," for those who of us who first came to tv in the late 40s/early
>50s, involved the manual tuning in of a television station, which in those
>days, before the advent of remotes and solid-state electronics and
>broadcasting standards, had to be done by hand on a station-by-station
>basis--very similar to how radio still is on occasion, when you have to
>nudge the selection dial to pick it up better. Sometimes as well the
>channels would drift, and you would have to retune them, and sometimes you
>just plain couldn't dial them back in at all, so you'd often miss the end
>or beginning of your program.
>We don't call it dialing it any more (although the construction of sun
>dials is *still* called that), because it's been made obsolete by

Hi, Robert.

I hope you realize that I am not going to take anything you post to this
list seriously ever again. I mean, you *know* you are not going to convince
me that Wolfe meant "manual tuning in of a television station" by dialing
(assuming *anyone* ever did). You even give the only reasonable
interpretation ("the construction of sun dials") in your post, which I've
quoted above. If we are going to go with less likely possibilities, why not
dialing the telephone? (I am old enough to remember when *phones* had

So you were having a little fun with us. Well, I fell for it - hook, line
and sinker. But from now on I'll try to go along with the gag and read all
of your posts with a shaker or two of salt.

William Ansley

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