They'd play the National Anthem, wave the flag... remember?
And then the test pattern would come on for a few minutes.
And then nothing. Static. Remember?
That was the time of night the little girl in Poltergeist said, "They're here!"
And at first, it happened at midnight or so. Then around two in the morning. Then around four in the morning. It kept getting later and later... until all of sudden, we had television 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now we've got hundreds of channels to choose from. We can turn on the TV and find something to watch whenever we want.
So how come... a majority of the time, whatever time of day it happens to be... there's still never anything good to watch on TV!?