The Best Thing on Television in 2002
December 30, 2002 7:16 AM   Subscribe

The Best Thing on Television in 2002 The WPIX Yule Log makes its triumphant return.
posted by ZenMasterThis (14 comments total)
Posted last year here.
posted by PrinceValium at 7:30 AM on December 30, 2002

yeah, PV, but then it was the best thing on television in 2001. this is totally different! :-)
posted by quonsar at 7:33 AM on December 30, 2002

I wish I had said that... :-)
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:44 AM on December 30, 2002

Hey, Beavis . . . "log".
posted by Daze at 8:04 AM on December 30, 2002

This year's broadcast swept its time slot in NYC, apparently outdoing its showing from 2001.

And this year, the video bonfire turned up in another city.
posted by LinusMines at 9:34 AM on December 30, 2002

I watched it Christmas morning in DC, for the entire run, while I was cooking and baking and cleaning and otherwise preparing for the family onslaught. Good background noise.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:35 AM on December 30, 2002

the best thing on a television is a fucking sledgehammer.
posted by Satapher at 10:08 AM on December 30, 2002

Man, do I wish I had said THAT!!!
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:22 AM on December 30, 2002

mmm, digitally remastered combustible forestry byproducts....
posted by blue_beetle at 10:38 AM on December 30, 2002

I love Yule Log. It wasn't Christmas those 12 years without it... my brother used to get marshmellows and a stick, and sit in front of the TV.
posted by oflinkey at 12:17 PM on December 30, 2002

"Word has it" that in the early 1980s, WPIX ran a version of "TV POwWW"* where the kids would yell "pix" instead of "pow." True?

*TV Powww (or "poww"): on the TV screen, Intellivision-style graphic spaceships would drift in and out of targets. If you were the lucky kid on the phone, you would yell "Pow!" at the right instant to shoot the ship and get points. Beat your opponent (usually side-to-side) and get a prize.

WTXX (ch. 20) broadcast this between afternoon cartoons in the Waterbury, CT area.

The only strategy I ever remember seeing in use is Powpowpow, where you yell "Powpowpowpowpow" repeatedly, as fast as you can.
posted by kurumi at 12:40 PM on December 30, 2002

Man, do I wish I had said THAT!!!

You will, ZenMaster, you will.
posted by chicobangs at 1:45 PM on December 30, 2002

Kurumi- It is true. I remember.
But the strategy was to yell PIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIXPIX as loud and as fast as possible.
posted by oflinkey at 9:46 PM on December 30, 2002

I too remember the PIX game on WPIX. It was an Intellevision game, the name escapes me right now.
There was an interim Yule log, I think in the 98-99 xmas season, it was on cable though. I was staying at my brothers house, having just recently returned to LI, NY.
He would fall asleep on the couch, and I would put that channel on every night and then go to bed, after 2 weeks he finally broke, and openly questioned how he kept waking up to a fireplace on tv.
posted by a3matrix at 4:55 AM on December 31, 2002

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