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Once in a while, my family would talk about the HBO Christmas Present that we saw in a motel in 1985. Until my mother looked it up online in December of 2014, I didn't know that anyone thought it was a myth. Below is a link to a related page stored at archive.org since it no longer exists:
If you don't feel like reading that page, the important thing is that he found a Los Angeles Times article by Dennis Hunt from January 10, 1986 that mentions the HBO Ghostbusters Christmas present. Here's a snippet from that L.A. Times article:
“In home-video business circles, they’re still talking about the surprise Christmas Eve showing of ‘Ghostbusters’ on HBO. Currently the film is available only on home video and isn’t scheduled for an official cable debut for quite a few months. Distributors and retailers, of course, are miffed about the sneak preview, thinking it may cause sales and rentals to drop significantly. Other home-video insiders, however, insist that little damage was done, contending that the preview was so sudden that few had a chance to tape the movie.”
TheGuideArchive.com had all of the official HBO guides online, but that web site is gone now. The good news is that I have a cropped image of the section I needed courtesy of that web site and it shows “HBO Christmas Present” listed at 11:30 p.m. Any skeptical nonbelievers can look at the image and see that something special was shown on Christmas Eve. Mentioning Ghostbusters in the guide would have spoiled the surprise, don't you think?
There are also a bunch of newspapers at newspaperarchive.com that have “HBO Christmas Present” listed at 11:30 p.m. on that day. The cropped image displayed here is from the Burlington Daily Times News, Burlington, North Carolina (December 22, 1985). It shows the important part of the listing for Tuesday, December 24, 1985.
My family was in the middle of a move to a new city and we had to stay in a motel for a couple of weeks during the 1985 Christmas season. I was looking through the generic cable guide that was in the motel room and it had tba (to be announced) in the listing at 11:30 p.m. for HBO. I thought it was odd, so I told everyone that I was going to turn on HBO a little before 11:30 in case it was something good. Holy crap! It was Ghostbusters! My family hadn't seen the movie, so it was a great Christmas present from HBO.
I hoped surprises like that would be repeated by HBO and copied by other cable channels, but I must have missed them if they happened. Seemed like there were no more cool TV surprises after that. I could be forgetting something. Maybe someone will refresh my memory.
Friday, January 24, 2020
. . . I can’t remember why . . . I guess it was a combination of “why not” and my reverence for all things HBO, but I set my VCR to record whatever HBO had planned for that night. Between movies, HBO used to take 10 seconds to have a “coming up . . . on HBO” thing, and it would give the next three movies (or specials, etc.) and their times. And I was increasingly excited about what started as TBA but that day became some promise of a special present from HBO to its subscribers. The party ended and I had a moment to check in to see what was recording. No one in my family understood how incredible it was that Ghostbusters, one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, was being aired way before anyone was even talking about it being available to view or rent. I just about wore out the VCR tape rewatching that recording over the next few weeks.
You pondered whether there have been other similar unexpected surprises, but I doubt it. Everything is strictly on schedule according to contractual agreements. I think HBO was able to do what they did that night because of a huge financial gamble they took in securing the rights to air the movie; I have no idea how and why they were able to give a single, unannounced airing of the movie in advance of when it was scheduled to be regularly on their schedule. It was such a wonderful surprise and yet none of my friends knew about it, and I can’t find any other references to the event aside from your entry (even the link you provided is dead). [Note from DAH: I changed the link to a copy of the page at archive.org. Hopefully that link will keep working.]
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Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.
Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.
Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.
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Take a look at my page called The H Word and Beyond. You might also want to look at my page called Zinc and Quercetin. My sister and I started taking those two supplements near the end of 2020 in the hopes that they would scare away the flu and other viruses.
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