Several years ago I rescued a number of "medium format"
negatives from the trash at KDFW-TV. They were being thrown away, along with the rusty old file
cabinet where they resided, because the old (obsolete) film lab on the second floor was
being transformed into a graphics design area.
For those of you who are not familiar with the television business, I should explain that the people
at TV stations sometimes throw away large quantities of cool stuff without asking if anyone wants
it. (I think all TV stations do this, to some extent.) Apparently eBay is out of the
question because of bookkeeping concerns: Certain assets are retained until they depreciate
sufficiently, and then they must be destroyed. At least that's the way I heard it.
The result of this mode of operation is that entire tape machines, microwave antennas, lighting panels,
audio consoles, tons of office furniture and
miles of copper wire are just thrown away. One weekend, a few years ago, I saw three dumpsters full of
old camera cables. (I try to recycle as much as I can, because I've heard that copper mines are really
bad places to work.) Old pieces of equipment are locked away and heavily
guarded one day, and in the dumpster the next day, without regard for their value to
anyone else. I've seen this happen five or six times in the last twenty years,
and it's pretty sad every time. Apparently the business has to be run this
way, but it seems aggressively wasteful.
Anyway I took several old negatives home and stored them, not really knowing if I would ever have them
printed. (I couldn't really tell exactly what the pictures showed, but thought they'd be better
off in a museum than a landfill.) As it turned out, I never did have them printed. In
the intervening years, the Internet became popular and scanners were invented; specifically, scanners that
can convert a photographic negative into a computer-readable file. It isn't necessary to go out an
buy such a scanner, because several companies can be found on the internet that will scan stuff for
you. All you do is send them your negatives, slides or prints, and they scan them and put the
resulting files on a CDROM.
happened to select a place
called Dig My Pics. Their prices were
competitive and the scans look good, even though a few of the negatives were overexposed or
underexposed. Turnaround time in my case was a couple of weeks.
The pictures were scanned at 1000 pixels per inch, which resulted in TIFF files of about 20 megabytes
for each picture. I could have specified 2000 or even 3000 ppi, but the resulting files would have
been colossal and I'm not sure if much more detail would have been gained.
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This is one of six pictures of Eddie Barker
in the newsroom. At the time this picture was taken, the newsroom was in the basement, directly under
its current location.
What is conspicuously absent in this picture? This appears to be a video-free zone.
There are no TV sets, no video monitors, and certainly no computer terminals anywhere, and the only wires
in sight are telephone cords and the power cords for the electric typewriters. Assuming they had just
cleaned up the place before this picture was taken, it still appears that today's "paperless" newsroom
uses about 500 times as much paper as the 1964 newsroom.
welcome. I really appreciate all the positive feedback and information I have received
already. I have received email from several giants of the broadcast business, which has
been great fun.