Title: Where did you grow up?
Hop to: 
Views:963     
New Topic New Poll
<<Previous ThreadNext Thread>>
Page 1 / 1    
AuthorComment
NewYorkDave
 Author    



Rank:Bronze

Posts: 25

(Date Posted:11/19/2012 12:59)

Just thought it'd be a fun topic for discussion.

I'm guessing most of us are from the Northeast.
usertype:3

--------------------------------------------------------------
www.phantomplayland.com

Christmas Always
1# 



Rank:Diamond

Posts:1108

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/19/2012 15:35)

Yes, I'm from the New England area, and we didn't have many local TV Channels, only 2 Networks, but we had Cable TV in the 1960's and they gave us another network from a different state and we also received WPIX, so I am one of the fortunate ones to have watched the first telecast of The WPIX Yule Log.  Though I don't remember the original soundtrack because it had less artists and more songs from those artists.  I'm not sure if anyone has been able to compile the original soundtrack from 1966 or not, but Chip would probably have more information on that.  It would also be nice if a copy of the original 17 second loop existed but of course, it was very choppy compared to the re-filming of in 1972? and of course other songs were added somewhere between 1966 and 1972.  Then in the middle early 1970's we moved to Westchester County, NY and didn't need cable to get WPIX and for the fist time I could listen to the broadcast in Stereo because it was simulcast on WPIX FM.

Then we moved back to New England and the cable company still carried WPIX, until the Adelphia Fiasco and the company that took over our area was ComCast, and they dropped WPIX.  Now in Western New York State, we have Time Warner Cable and they refuse to give us WPIX, but I have Dish Network and I get WPIX, WWOR, WSBK, KWGN and KTLA being they are Superstations, but unfortunately we can only get them in SD, but WPIX is still WPIX whether or not it is in HD or SD.

I have only missed 1 broadcast of The Yule Log because of our neighbors garage roof.  Someone put the satellite dish on the deck, and it just barely cleared the roof for getting signal.  This was with DirecTV, and when WGN America was broadcasting the 2-hour version, but then we got snow and it was too far to reach with a broom to brush he snow off my neighbors garage roof so we switched to WPIX, and the next year I was able to watch The Yule log, but missed about 10-15 minutes of the added 4th. hour because for some reason the receiver reset itself during the broadcast, but the next year I got the full 4 hours and DVR'd it and then burned it to a DVD.

This year, I have 3 possibilities to watch it.  WPIX, KWGN and Antenna TV being we get Antenna TV as a sub-channel of one of our local channels, but that is over the air, so I can use my Digital to Analog Converter Box or my Digital Tuner Module in my Dish Network DVR, but it might recognize it as a duplicate program and not let me schedule it so I would have to manually tell it to start at a particular time and channel and end at a particular time.


{EDITED By Christmas Always to fix a several typos and change the number of seconds in the original film loop.  I had realized it last evening, but had so many emails to catch up on that I didn't get a chance to fix it.  I was listening to "A Log's Life" while going through email and it jogged my memory and I meant to fix it before I went to bed, but didn't get a chance.}



(Message edited by Christmas Always On 11/20/2012 08:14)
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas Isn't Just A Day In December, It's A Way Of Life
Susan

johnnyelectron
2# 



Rank:Gold

Status: Real Gone Music is the best!
Posts:195

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/19/2012 15:51)

Born near the North Pole (New York, that is) - so maybe that explains the love of Christmas music.

Living near Lake Erie ever since, and we had one of the very, very first 'all Christmas' format radio stations that has been duplicated 100x over since they found out what a ratings bonanza that is.  Unfortunately this station is no longer locally programmed, and now the evil giant Clear Channel runs the same exact putrid playlist here as they do at their Detroit station, down to the same song playing at the same time.


usertype:3 tt= 0
Steve_OGO
3# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:77

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/19/2012 17:07)

Midwestern roots here.    Grew up in Northern Illinois.    Now living in Michigan.

I am one of the many unfortunates that cannot get and have not been able to get the Yule Log.

No Antenna TV in my viewing area, no local channels carrying it,   get my TV thru Directv satellite and no one there carries it either.   Each Year I just sit and sulk.
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Steve
aka OGO =Oh Great One

NewYorkDave
4# 



Rank:Bronze

Posts:25

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/19/2012 18:03)

I suppose it's only fair that I should answer my own question.

I'm originally from the North Brooklyn/Western Queens area but grew up mostly near Poughkeepsie. I don't think I've missed a broadcast of the Yule Log on WPIX channel 11 in 40 years. I've gone from watching it on a black-and-white Zenith with rabbit ears, to a Trinitron and a big Yagi (with rotator!), to cable and high-def on a flatscreen set. I miss watching it on Christmas Eve night but I'm thankful it's on the air at all, especially with the added value of the restored soundtrack and the fourth hour.

Not long ago, I came across a recording of the 1983 broadcast online and it gave me a warm fuzzy because I remember watching that very broadcast, turning in around midnight and getting up the next morning to find a shiny new electric guitar and amp under the tree. I started my first band shortly thereafter.

PS: Susan, I almost forgot about the FM simulcast. It was a treat to be able to hear the soundtrack in high-fidelity sound on our stereo as opposed to the tinny little speaker in the TV set.


(Message edited by NewYorkDave On 11/19/2012 18:22)
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
www.phantomplayland.com

persimmon
5# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:71

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/19/2012 18:18)

Family mainly from the SE US.  Grew up in VA; Bremerhaven, Germany; WV, MD; CA; AZ; KY; & Frankfurt, Germany...that gets me through roughly High School. 

Still haven't seen the Yule Log broadcast.  Hopefully this year though.



(Message edited by persimmon On 11/19/2012 18:20)
usertype:3 tt= 0
anthonyv
6# 



Rank:Gold

Posts:193

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:11/20/2012 17:57)

I'm originally from the "Ironbound" section of Newark NJ until my family moved to Roselle NJ (a small borough bordering Elizabeth, Cranford and Linden) right before the infamous riots of 1967. Naturally, the Log was always seen on the place it was born and raised: WPIX channel 11 .

I was born in January '62 so I was old enough to remember watching the very first Yule Log broadcast as a kid in Newark - and I was fascinated if not a little aftraid of it. But growing up the Yule Log became as much a part of what Christmas felt like just as much as trips to find the perfect tree, holiday visits to Bamberger's and Menlo Park Mall, the distinct smell of artificial snow in a can, playing with Lionel trains under the tree, buying new holiday albums at Korvettes, Grants, Woolworths, or Bradless, decorating the house with lights, wishing for snow, my mother and grandmother baking endless plates of Italian cookies for weeks on end, my father opening the first bottles of his homemade Anisette, and just being with friends and family. 

Through it all, the Yule Log was always there to provide that familiar soundtrack each and every Christmas Eve, regardless of where we where or where we went in life.   

 



(Message edited by anthonyv On 11/20/2012 21:31)
usertype:3 tt= 0
Steve_OGO
7# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:77

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/14/2012 16:20)

Yes this is an old thread,  but I said something here that now needs a correction.

I mentioned that I had no access to the Yule Log  and was frustrated.

Well if you can tell by looking at me I have a big smile on my face and it will take quite a while to wipe it off.
Thanks to a very good friend (you know who you are and thanks)   I now have a copy of the 4 hour and the 3 hour version on a dvd.

I have been listening to it all day as I do various Christmas projects.

Chip

What a great selection of music ,  everything I wanted and more.

The version I have is a VHS quality rip but still the music comes through just great   and I love the blend between songs.

So having been deprived all these years I now have experienced the Yule Log and can say   Yahoo  thanks.

So if having a copy of the Yule Log is a sin ,  please forgive me,  but where I live it is not available.


(Message edited by Steve_OGO On 12/14/2012 16:22)
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Steve
aka OGO =Oh Great One

Christmas Always
8# 



Rank:Diamond

Posts:1108

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/14/2012 21:30)

Steve,

Anyone who has a VCR or DVR or DVDR and receives The Yule Log can record it and if they have a Video Capture Device, except for the DVDR, they can transfer The Yule Log to their comptuer and with video authoring software, they can make their own DVD.  Though the video quality leaves something to be desired, the audio quality is absolutely superb and thanks to Chip being able to get the original 3-hour soundtrack digitized and in it's original restored order, we are able to listen to The Yule Log like it was 1973 again, and then by his adding the additional 4th. hour in 2009,  it's even more special.  I could listen to 10 hours of this beautiful music if he ever had the energy and/or time to add that many more songs from the 1950's and 1960's to the program, I would be exstatic, but I doubt that WPIX would run a 10 hour Yule Log broadcast, even though now they have sponsors, it is still commercial free, but they would have other programming to broadcast on Christmas Day or Chritsmas Eve, so I don't think a 10-hour Yule Log would ever happen.

I've been listening to Holiday Traditions on Dish Networks Sirius/XM 40's on 4 channel and I've basically heard every single song from their playlist at least 6 -10 times since they started playing Christmas music in November.  I don't lisen to it 24 hours a day, but while I am on the computer and there isn't anything I want to watch on TV, I will listen to Holiday Traditions, and I've listened long enough to hear their entire playlist and have heard all the songs repeated, some in the same day.  So a 10-hour Yule Log would be a welcome change.  Yes, there are a number of the same songs, but some are instrumentals and some are vocals, but all are by different artists.

I'm glad that you were able to get someone to send you the 3-hour broadcast and the 4-hour broadcast on DVD so now you can see what you've been missing all these years.

usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas Isn't Just A Day In December, It's A Way Of Life
Susan

Christmas Music Guru
9# 



Rank:Honorary Member

Status: Lawrence F. Arcuri Owner/Webmaster of TheYuleLog.com
Posts:3479

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/15/2012 01:26)


Glad to hear that you now have a copy of the program, Steve. Hopefully someday you'll be able to receive the program via Antenna TV in your area of Michigan.



usertype:1 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Lawrence F. "Chip" Arcuri
Owner/Webmaster | The Yule Log.com

xmaslover1960
10# 



Rank:Gold

Posts:197

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/16/2012 05:47)

Born and raised in Tarrytown,N.Y. until 1989,when I moved to Hudson,FL. .....But,I still miss,terribly,my Hometown,especially during this time of the Year!
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Michael Boyce

NHMOOSE
11# 



Rank:Bronze

Posts:9

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/16/2012 18:33)

The great, Paterson, New Jersey. The home of the original location of the great WPAT before they moved the transmitters and offices to Clifton, NJ

My father in law worked for them as a summer intern running news reports off the RTTY wire when they actually had offices in downtown Paterson right off of Main street. 

I am a part time author, and I hope to finish, in the near future, my books telling some nostalgic tales of the great Paterson. The stories are all humorous, nostalgic glimpses back at growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. One or two will be Christmas stories and they are a lot of fun.


I had a great childhood in Paterson and listening to WPAT and "The Spirit of Christmas" was a large part of it.

usertype:3 tt= 0
log_fan
12# 



Rank:Platinum

Posts:226

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/18/2012 18:26)

Born in Brooklyn, moved to Franklin Square, LI as a young boy.  Vividly recall the first Yule Log broadcast on Christmas Eve, 1966.  New York was having a Christmas Eve blizzard that night.  Not only did we have a fireplace on our TV's, we also had the music simulcast on 101.9 FM in stereo.  In 1966, New Yorkers didn't have to dream of a White Christmas.  We had one for real!  This year, I'll get to see The Yule Log in HD for the first time! 

NHMOOSE, I listened to WPAT's Spirit of Christmas every year until the station was sold to SBS.  93.1 FM provided the perfect soundtrack to my holiday gatherings with family in Brooklyn and Long Island.  Sadly, most of those family members are gone as is WPAT.  The Yule Log lives on!

usertype:3 tt= 0
hollynivy
13# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:81

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/19/2012 21:08)

Hey!

Late to the thread.

Grew up in Northeastern PA a/k/a "Nord-Eater, PA".  Through the grace of a miracle called Penobscott Mountain where multiple, towering antenna's still reside, we received signals for WPIX 11, WNEW 5, and WOR-TV 9 all NYC stations.  Watched The Yule Log on a black/white, tube tv console until I was 14 years old.  I have a Polaroid picture to prove it. 

The Yule Log was a Christmas staple, like kielbasa, horseradish, nut roll, and the neighborhood "Beer Garden".  Yes. If you were of "strong inside" you ate your kielbasa and horseradish on top a slice of nut roll, and "downed it" with a local beer like Gibbons brew.

There is a song from The Yule Log..."Ring Those Christmas Bells" that I get misty-eyed every time I play it.  Reason why, is the sound of the steam train wheels, of the coal being thrown into engine, and of course, the Church Bells and Sirens ringing.  Every year, the church bells would sound at midnight to ring in Christmas, and sometimes an air raid siren would join in too. 

Probably sounds hokey to all our NYC'ers.  But I bet they didn't have shows like "Pennsylvania Polka", or "Lawrence Welk" to fill in the time between Yule Log broadcasts.  Now that's the joy of growing up "small town".

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

HollyNIvy
Diane


usertype:3 tt= 0
WhoDownInWhoville
14# 



Rank:Bronze

Posts:26

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/20/2012 18:21)


I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. No 'Yule Log' there.

After college, I spent 12 years in Manhattan, but did not run into the 'Yule Log.' (For many of those years I by choice did not own a TV, because I felt it was rotting my brain.) But I did finally hear of and briefly see the 'Yule Log' on one of my favorite films, Metropolitan (1990) by Whit Stillman, which I've watched maybe 13 times.

I actually came upon this Yule Log site when I was researching old classic Christmas albums, wanting to find copies of them to build up a decent Christmas listening set. I was delighted when I found there was a message board attached to the site!
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
~ Aanel

johnnyelectron
15# 



Rank:Gold

Status: Real Gone Music is the best!
Posts:195

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/21/2012 20:23)

Steve_OGO: I thought maybe you came from Egypt!  I'm still trying to figure out your avatar - it appears to be a Pharoah with a Santa hat?  I'm confused.
usertype:3 tt= 0
Christmas Always
16# 



Rank:Diamond

Posts:1108

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/22/2012 08:59)

Johnny,

I can't remember right off the top of my head, but Steve chose his avatar and username from a movie and it had someone referred to as "Oh Great One"  I believe it was a Biblical Character or something and of course, he can relate the story of how it came to be.  I believe I have it in an email but I have a ton of saved emails to look through to find it.

But when he sees this thread, he will be able to explain it.

usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas Isn't Just A Day In December, It's A Way Of Life
Susan

Steve_OGO
17# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:77

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/23/2012 13:56)

Johnny  you asked about my avatar,   well here it goes,  its a family a joke.

As I grew Up my favorite movie was the Ten Commandments.   As my kids grew it was a requirement that when it came on TV around Easter Time we all watched it together to the point we knew the lines and could recite them with the actors.   When my daughter brought her fiance over to our house at Easter time,   of course we made him watch the movie with us,  he had never seen the movie.   Prior to that he had asked me what should he call me ,  Steve, Dad , Pop  what,    I said I did not know.   Well as we watched the movie and he complained about how bad it was ,   in one scene where they referred to Seti  the Pharoah,   as Oh Great One,    as a joke I told him,    There that is what you can call me.    Well the joke stuck.    So my nickname became Oh Great One.   As I got on a few Christmas Blogs,  I called myself Oh Great One,     the boards latter shortened that to OGO.   So My Avatar is Seti from the movie Ten Commandments,   with a Christmas Stocking Hat to make him more in the spirit.

So no I am not from Egypt,    I am just an American  with a lot of Swede in me.


(Message edited by Steve_OGO On 12/23/2012 13:59)
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Steve
aka OGO =Oh Great One

johnnyelectron
18# 



Rank:Gold

Status: Real Gone Music is the best!
Posts:195

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/23/2012 14:44)

Steve,
Great avatar and story. I have a future son-in-law; I'll have to come-up with a snazzy name as well since OGO is already taken.  I thought that photo was from the 10 Commandments - so at least I got that right.  Was his name Ramses?  (you can PM me so as not to clog-up the board if you want too).

Merry Christmas!
John

usertype:3 tt= 0
Christmas Always
19# 



Rank:Diamond

Posts:1108

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/23/2012 15:44)

Thanks Steve,

I couldn't for the life of me remember which movie from the Bible that your Avatar and nick name came from.  It was driving me nuts.  But now I remember it from when you first told me how it came to be.

usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas Isn't Just A Day In December, It's A Way Of Life
Susan

LilyClay
20# 



Rank:Bronze

Posts:2

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/25/2012 01:46)

I grew up in East New York Brooklyn near Pennsylvania Avenue off Jamaica Avenue. Loved the Yule Log. It might be my happiest memory of childhood (which was rough.)  I always hold a special place in my heart for things that got me through hard or sad times and the Yule Log is really one of the few memories I have that is completely blissful. So glad my Grandmother loved to watch it. My Mom really didn't though she did let us keep it on!  I'm gonna set my clock, get up and enjoy.  So glad Chip helped get it restored.

On another note, I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Jack Klugman. I loved him and enjoyed the Odd Couple in those young years in which I also got to enjoy the Yule Log.  Somehow, I associate them, probably because there were both on WPIX



(Message edited by LilyClay On 12/25/2012 02:10)
usertype:3 tt= 0
Mister Grinch
21# 



Rank:Silver

Posts:94

RE:Where did you grow up?
(Date Posted:12/25/2012 08:22)

Born , bred and raised in good old Jersey City NJ!
usertype:3 tt= 0

--------------------------------------------------------------
Christmas is on the way! Welcome Christmas!

<<Previous ThreadNext Thread>>
Page 1 / 1    
New Topic New Poll
www.TheYuleLog.com
Sign Up | Create | About Us | SiteMap | Features | Forums | Show Off | Faq | Help
Copyright © 2000-2018 Aimoo Free Forum All rights reserved.