Mourning Betty White In A High Tech World

Mourning Betty White In A High Tech World


The following is a transcript of my radar from Tuesday’s edition of “Rising” on HillTV.

I learned something truly ridiculous about Betty White in one of the many tributes to her that aired last week. White’s first appearance on television was on an experimental broadcast that aired in 1939. She was 17. It was the same year “Gone With The Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” were released.

 “When people started looking at television, I think they were going to have a box in their room, everybody was like, ‘Yeah, it’s another passing fad,’” Frank Scherma of the Television Academy told NBC last week.

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What makes this fact about White’s life ridiculous is that it puts into perspective the short life of a technology that feels old.

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