I was one of the early fans of television back when there was very limited programming. In 1946 or perhaps 1947, "Mac" McEwan from the "corner store" about which I have written numerous columns, set up a television room in the back of his store and opened it to us kids. It was a perfect combination: We would sit and watch what was the first or nearly first TV set in the area, and Mac sold a lot of Kern's soda, Coke, Pepsi, potato chips, etc. I remember watching "Frontier Playhouse" on channel 3, WPTZ. Every afternoon at 5 we would watch Ken or Kermit Maynard, Bob Steel, the "Three Mesquiteers" and other class "B" westerns followed by "Burn 'em up Barnes, a 12 chapter serial. It was here that we watched the news casts of John Cameron Swayze or Douglas Edwards. The scan above shows a very early "TV DIGEST." In the very early years of commercial television, the programming started around 2 in the afternoon, and shut down around 10 or 11 PM, the rest of the hours we watched what was known as a "test pattern" which was transmitted for station identification, and so that television installers and service people could adjust sets and antennas. Our very first television set was an ADMIRAL with a 10 inch screen. Try as we might, we could only get channels 3, 6 and 10, while Art Sneath our next door neighbor got the same channels plus New York channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, and 11, and a less clear WATV channel 13. We called Bond's Electric on Hamilton Avenue where we purchased the set, and they called Pierce Phelps in Philadelphia to rectify the problem. Bottom line: Art Sneath's Philco was a more sensitive set, costing about 100 dollars more.