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Times Past: For couch potatoes on the move

January 10, 2011 |  6:30 am


From the Los Angeles Times archives: West magazine, March 26, 1972

It wasn't 3D-ready. It wasn't even cable-ready. It wasn't Energy Star-qualified. No USB or HDMI connections. No six-color processor — no color at all (unless you were counting on buying the orange model). But this portable JVC Videosphere had one thing going for it in the '70s that none of the giant flat screens had last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: It was cute as a bug.

And what might you be watching on that TV in 1972, back when most TV was free? "The Odd Couple," "Hawaii Five-0," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Gunsmoke," "The Bold Ones," "Mission: Impossible" and "The Mod Squad."

-- Joan Fantazia

Photo credit: Joan Fantazia. Archive source: Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens


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