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Post# 841130   9/14/2015 at 07:47 (2,317 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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I heard from the Producer and they are going to try to air the Bill Geist segment on our Wash-In next Sunday. I'll reconfirm once I talk to Amy the Producer again. She wants pictures and contact information of everyone who was there. I have emailled some of you where I do not have your contact information. Check your in-boxes puhleeze.



Post# 841132 , Reply# 1   9/14/2015 at 08:10 (2,317 days old) by turquoisedude (St-Liboire)        

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OOO!!  How exciting!   I can't wait to see how they edit and put together the segment.  

Post# 841141 , Reply# 2   9/14/2015 at 09:11 (2,317 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Me TOoo!!

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tick tick tick


Post# 841156 , Reply# 3   9/14/2015 at 10:41 (2,317 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I can't wait to see that!

Post# 841161 , Reply# 4   9/14/2015 at 11:26 (2,317 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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What is the name of the CBS show?

Post# 841165 , Reply# 5   9/14/2015 at 11:40 (2,317 days old) by turquoisedude (St-Liboire)        

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Gary, it's called "Sunday Morning".  I believe it airs at 9 AM but there should be something available on their website, too.  

Post# 841172 , Reply# 6   9/14/2015 at 12:00 (2,317 days old) by A440 ()        

This will be so much fun to watch!

Post# 841178 , Reply# 7   9/14/2015 at 12:52 (2,317 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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Post# 841191 , Reply# 8   9/14/2015 at 15:27 (2,317 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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This is really exciting Jon, can't wait to see it!!!

Post# 841192 , Reply# 9   9/14/2015 at 15:36 (2,317 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I'm setting the TiVo right now! Thanks for the heads-up, Jon.

Post# 841202 , Reply# 10   9/14/2015 at 18:08 (2,317 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Ohhhhhhhh, Myyyyyyyyyyyyy  Goddddddddddddd...


It's happening. Yikes !!!!!!!!


What Fun !!!    ( I think)


I'll have to watch it at work.

Post# 841204 , Reply# 11   9/14/2015 at 18:12 (2,317 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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They announced it for next week, on yesterday's show.

Post# 841209 , Reply# 12   9/14/2015 at 18:32 (2,317 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I'll have a good HD off-the-air copy if anyone misses it.

Post# 841212 , Reply# 13   9/14/2015 at 19:00 (2,317 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Yay!!  I can't wait!!!

Post# 841214 , Reply# 14   9/14/2015 at 19:14 (2,317 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA - Next Wash-In June 2022!)        
Can't Wait!

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Im ready to see the Closeup!!

Post# 841232 , Reply# 15   9/14/2015 at 20:44 (2,317 days old) by turquoisedude (St-Liboire)        

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Phil, I may take you up on the offer of an HD copy...  I'm not sure that we'll be able to tape the segment.  BUT, we may have to make a big exception and head back to the house in St-Liboire on Saturday evening!

Post# 841278 , Reply# 16   9/15/2015 at 07:27 (2,317 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Nine O'Clock on a Sunday morning?

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Post# 841280 , Reply# 17   9/15/2015 at 07:50 (2,316 days old) by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        

I'll be on the road almost all day on Sunday driving back from a week at the coast.


Thank you in advance.

Jerry Gay

Post# 841281 , Reply# 18   9/15/2015 at 07:54 (2,316 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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OMG Laundress !!!


My favorite Movie of all time.  Auntie Mame. That's the scene where Little Patrick makes the plane out of Balsa Wood and Rubber Bands spin the prop.


I believe it was the night after his arrival with Nora Muldoon.

Post# 841292 , Reply# 19   9/15/2015 at 10:55 (2,316 days old) by jeff_adelphi (Adelphi, Maryland, USA)        

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Cal and I will be in Rehoboth Beach for the Straight Eights annual car show, but my DVR is loaded, programed, and waiting. Looking forward to seeing the show!

Post# 841434 , Reply# 20   9/16/2015 at 08:38 (2,315 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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Here's a link to their website; perhaps the video will be posted here after the fact.


Post# 841798 , Reply# 21   9/19/2015 at 13:52 (2,312 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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I just checked and saw that it airs at 6 AM here.  Yeah, not happening.  That means I'll be watching it on the CBS web site or via a link from someone among us who has recorded it.


While cruising through the CBS site, I did see that back on 8/30 they aired Bill's report on the vacuum convention and I recognized some familiar faces.  If that segment can be used as an indicator, the washer story should be respectful, educational, and most of all, fun!

Post# 841802 , Reply# 22   9/19/2015 at 14:52 (2,312 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I just looked at the vac segment for the 1st time ever.  I hope Bill drums up enough enthusiasm and interest in our big appliances as he did with those little suckers lol. 

Post# 841808 , Reply# 23   9/19/2015 at 16:55 (2,312 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
The danger of this show

And after it runs, odds are that every POS that belongs in the crusher is suddenly going to be worth thousands of dollars to those offering "collectibles" for sale. There is always a price to pay for publicity. We see it now with the inflated prices on appliances that are pink or turquoise, just because of the color. With this show, people are going to be shown what they perceive as very well off white men with homes big enough to house collections of large appliances so they will feel justified in asking outrageous prices.

I am happy that the show was made, that Mr. Geist realized his dream and that some of our beautiful machines and the men who have restored them will be shown to the rest of the world, but there is a downside for the beginning collector and collectors seeking to complete their collections and that is going to be higher prices.

Post# 841821 , Reply# 24   9/19/2015 at 18:04 (2,312 days old) by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Looks like it airs at 8AM central time here in Iowa. Guess I better set an alarm!

Post# 841824 , Reply# 25   9/19/2015 at 18:13 (2,312 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I've got the PVR set for 9 am.

Post# 841825 , Reply# 26   9/19/2015 at 18:16 (2,312 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego California)        

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I see what you are saying but be that as it may, on balance, things should improve as more machines that shouldn't be crushed will instead be saved.
Perceived value is key for people to bother placing an ad rather than call the scrap hauler.
Which brings up a thought. Has anyone here contacted said haulers and offered a bounty well above the recycle value for desirable vintage machines?

Post# 841828 , Reply# 27   9/19/2015 at 18:30 (2,312 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Years ago, probably in the 80s, John had scrap haulers come by his house a few times with what they thought were interesting items. A member in PA used to get to sort through some hauler's stuff. I think the internet listings are pretty much the thing now.

Let me reiterate that I am glad that the program was made. We should just expect higher prices now with no relation to the quality of the machines being offered because instead of just being second hand appliances, they will be seen as collectibles by some sellers. That, of course, will not be helpful to people needing a good used appliance. I guess you will need urchins in tow if you want to bargain a lower price, preferably in dirty clothes if you are trying to buy laundry equipment.

Post# 841829 , Reply# 28   9/19/2015 at 18:33 (2,312 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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There 'may' be a spike in prices. But, like everything else, once people find out that others won't pay inflated prices, things will return to status quo.

Post# 841830 , Reply# 29   9/19/2015 at 18:34 (2,312 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Excellent thought as I was thinking the same.


The next thing I think we'll see is once the show airs, IF what you predict starts to happen, you can be sure the CEOs or whom ever at the Helm at Whirlpool and whatever other Appliance manufacturers are left, they'll immediately start offering retro vintage colors on Crappy POS machines to capture the audience at astronomical prices.   Thus the end of the reign of Stainless Steel which I would gladly throw a party for.  My personal biggest reason for my detest of SS is I have worked in a commercial Food Service environment my whole life. And I'm surrounded by Stainless. It is so pleasant to come home and look at my White, Black, Harvest, Coppertone, appliances and not worry about smudges and glaring Stainless.


I will be at work but will check in here as soon as I can hopefully watch it here via Link.


I think and hope the show will be a smash !!! And what a cast of Characters !!!


What Fun.

Post# 841831 , Reply# 30   9/19/2015 at 18:37 (2,312 days old) by Jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
This just in :

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Just a quick note to say thank you.  The story will be on tomorrow and we are really happy with it.  The story was a pleasure to work on and you were a pleasure to work with.  Thanks for opening your home – and laundry room – to us. 

And thanks for all the help.   Please extend our thanks, as well, to the other guys.






Amy Rosner    

Senior Producer

CBS Sunday Morning


Post# 841840 , Reply# 31   9/19/2015 at 19:48 (2,312 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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That was so cool of CBS. It starts at 9 here in the east so I will have it on for sure.

Post# 841878 , Reply# 32   9/20/2015 at 07:59 (2,311 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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T minus 1 and counting! So excited for the segment!

Post# 841879 , Reply# 33   9/20/2015 at 08:06 (2,311 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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The preview brought me to sobs of happiness and seeing my "other mother's" Imperial Laundromat

Post# 841880 , Reply# 34   9/20/2015 at 08:10 (2,311 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Trust Turquoisedude

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To be first in the segment! *LOL*

For those just getting up the title of the spot is "All Washed Up" and is last in the programming for today's show. So you have time to make some coffee and something to nosh.

Post# 841882 , Reply# 35   9/20/2015 at 08:14 (2,311 days old) by turquoisedude (St-Liboire)        

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Dahling,  I'm ready for my close-up now....   LOL  


I was happy to see that A: I do show up on film and B: I didn't break the cameras... 

Post# 841883 , Reply# 36   9/20/2015 at 08:24 (2,311 days old) by stricklybojack (San Diego California)        

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BILL GEIST: Keep it clean
Most people consider doing laundry a chore. They obviously don't belong to The Washing Machine Collectors Club. Founded in 1984, the group's members collect old and rare washing machines dating back to the 1940s. And when they get together for what they call a "wash-in," the agenda includes -- what else? -- washing their dirty laundry while marveling at the inner workings of their beloved antiques. Part collector's club, part support group, but all fun, as only our Bill Geist can show you.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO stricklybojack's LINK

Post# 841888 , Reply# 37   9/20/2015 at 08:53 (2,311 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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IT was charming! All you handsome men and those great machines! Excellent!

Post# 841890 , Reply# 38   9/20/2015 at 08:55 (2,311 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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WOW!!  Everyone one of y'all shine as much as the porcelain of the machines!!!  Cal, Mike, John L, Greg, and Jon really touched my heart!  So good o see so many of y'all I actually know in person.   Paulo good to see you go t be included. 

Post# 841891 , Reply# 39   9/20/2015 at 08:58 (2,311 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Brought a tear to my eye!

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Jon, what a gorgeous house and property!

What a totally wonderful segment! Anyone catch the one "blooper"?

Post# 841892 , Reply# 40   9/20/2015 at 08:58 (2,311 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

What a nice story! Very well done (even if the reporter did refer to the control tower Frigidaires as Blackstones).

A lot of times stories such as this are reported like "Look at these nut jobs!", but this was different. It was presented as a bunch of regular people who just happen to like laundry equipment and machines. Good job Guys!

I suspect we'll see a surge in membership here after more people see this story.

Post# 841898 , Reply# 41   9/20/2015 at 09:18 (2,311 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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OH MY G-O-O-O-O-O-O-D that was freakin' AWESOME!! All of you did a great job representin' the AW family. So many cool machines featured; especially those Blackidaires.

Not having met any of you in person, it was great to hear your voices. I was hoping a box of Rosalie's Zero Suds would make an appearance...and it did.

Wow. Just wow.

Gotta watch it again!

Post# 841902 , Reply# 42   9/20/2015 at 09:50 (2,311 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
I thought they did

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a wonderful job of representing the club and our hobby! Bill,Amy, Henri & Andy were a pleasure to work with and I love the fact that they had most of us talking on camera. 

I think it gave a good slice of the club. Glad you all liked it , I was told they had 6+ million viewers!!


So we are now OUT there !! LOL.


And yes I am so glad Rosalie's got a cameo shot with Paul saying "Oh its like Christmas" while opening the box !!!


Launderess , thank you - you must come with laundry next time !!




Post# 841903 , Reply# 43   9/20/2015 at 09:52 (2,311 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        


Post# 841904 , Reply# 44   9/20/2015 at 09:52 (2,311 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Now, I want a pair of those 1957 Charcoal Blackstones!!

Post# 841905 , Reply# 45   9/20/2015 at 09:58 (2,311 days old) by turquoisedude (St-Liboire)        

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Don't you have a white set of Blackstones like that, Phil??   (ducks and runs....)

Post# 841906 , Reply# 46   9/20/2015 at 10:03 (2,311 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        

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A day that will live in infamy !! 


Post# 841909 , Reply# 47   9/20/2015 at 10:16 (2,311 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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And I am glad to learn that I'm looking "seemingly normal"! I learned it today!

Post# 841910 , Reply# 48   9/20/2015 at 10:40 (2,311 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

Mr. Geist  and his son "Willie"  a co-host on "Morning Joe"  recently talked about their  book, "Good Talk, Dad".   He came across as really enjoying everyone and the vintage machines.  Was the Vintage SQ his favorite?   Congrats Gentlemen on a very well done, fun segment!

Post# 841911 , Reply# 49   9/20/2015 at 10:42 (2,311 days old) by bigalsf (Salt Lake City)        
Great segment!

Thank you Jon for making this happen! Very well done; it looks like everyone was having a great time! It was nice to "meet" more of our membership. I've only met John & Jeff in person, and hope to eventually meet more members.

Love your collection Jon!

Post# 841914 , Reply# 50   9/20/2015 at 11:02 (2,311 days old) by mamapinky (blairsville pa)        

I missed it I have waited months to see you guys and your machines, damn it..I'm totally bummed.

Post# 841921 , Reply# 51   9/20/2015 at 11:34 (2,311 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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I didn't watch it since I forgot it was on. I did hear about it though from friends that saw the piece. And they saw moi.

Post# 841925 , Reply# 52   9/20/2015 at 12:09 (2,311 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Post# 841926 , Reply# 53   9/20/2015 at 12:27 (2,311 days old) by johndog ()        
CBS Segment Video

For some reason, CBS has not posted this segment on their website along with every other segment for today's show. I saw it live, and it was nicely done.

One of the most interesting things to me that Bill did not cover was the fact that interest in vintage machines grows because modern machines do not actually CLEAN clothes. In most areas of technology, newer machines do the task BETTER -- except washing machines!

Post# 841933 , Reply# 54   9/20/2015 at 12:58 (2,311 days old) by A440 ()        

Great Job Everyone! 

So much fun to watch and see everyone!

Jon, glad he did not call your Charcoal Frigidaire set a "Samsung".



Post# 841935 , Reply# 55   9/20/2015 at 13:13 (2,311 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        

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Oh Wow this is such a Great Commercial everyone played such a Great part!
Best Wishes to all

Post# 841938 , Reply# 56   9/20/2015 at 13:36 (2,311 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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What a great presentation for this group. Makes you proud of your 'sickness'...


Post# 841940 , Reply# 57   9/20/2015 at 14:02 (2,311 days old) by bluejay (Havre de Grace, MD)        

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I found out about this through another group I belong to.  It's been posted online for all to see! 


Post# 841944 , Reply# 58   9/20/2015 at 14:18 (2,311 days old) by gregingotham (New York)        
Great job guys!!

Nice representation of the club. Interesting those "blackstones" say Frigidaire on them in the control panel shot LOL

Post# 841946 , Reply# 59   9/20/2015 at 14:31 (2,311 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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YAY !!!!!!!!


Very Nice.  Extra Credit.


What a Nice Job they did putting that together.


Everyone looks so happy.

Post# 841949 , Reply# 60   9/20/2015 at 14:37 (2,311 days old) by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA - Next Wash-In June 2022!)        

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Great piece!...worth waking up early to watch!! to get busy on the Musical version!

Post# 841953 , Reply# 61   9/20/2015 at 15:06 (2,311 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Could anyone ask for a more genial host than Jon Charles? Nobody watching that segment didn't want to sit down with him and talk about washers.

Post# 841961 , Reply# 62   9/20/2015 at 16:32 (2,311 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Congratulations Jon and gang, just watched it here, well presented and as a history of collectable appliances rather than cookie collectors!!

Glad to see Rosalie`s made her TV debut, cant wait to try it!!

Post# 841962 , Reply# 63   9/20/2015 at 16:38 (2,311 days old) by Blackstone (Springfield, Massachusetts)        

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And I thought that I had seen every Blackstone over the years. CBS should have had Jon review the piece before airing it.

Post# 841970 , Reply# 64   9/20/2015 at 17:24 (2,311 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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I finally got to see the segment. They did a good job on the piece but I kinda wish that they had Jon look at it before airing so that any mistakes could have been fixed before airing. That "Blackstone washer and dryer " kinda made me say ...what?! I should have not worn that shirt since my gawd I looked huge in the video as they say that video cameras add 10 pounds. The part where I was interviewed was good but in my head when it was being done, I didn't think anything of the camera until that little voice in my head said...hey you your going to be on national tv! Then it went downhill from

Post# 841971 , Reply# 65   9/20/2015 at 17:40 (2,311 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego California)        

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for posting that link Bluejay..

Post# 841972 , Reply# 66   9/20/2015 at 17:40 (2,311 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
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You guys all did great, yes Mike, you too :)

And it was great to see all the old machines in action too.


Post# 841974 , Reply# 67   9/20/2015 at 17:51 (2,311 days old) by sillysuds (new jersey)        
Sunday Morning

Hi,I Loved the piece, you guys did a great job.I was so excited to watch. Loved all those beautiful machines. Bob from New Jersey.

Post# 841975 , Reply# 68   9/20/2015 at 18:00 (2,311 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

That was real CUTE! After watching this I had to go and cuddle someone. What a great story. Well done fellas!

Thank you.

Post# 841976 , Reply# 69   9/20/2015 at 18:05 (2,311 days old) by washer111 ()        

Not only did I hear the Australian contingent get mention... 


I also spied a box of Omo. If I'm not mistaken, its a perfume-free formulation?


Great work, everyone. Its lovely to see all the faces behind the regular posters here :)

Post# 841979 , Reply# 70   9/20/2015 at 18:31 (2,311 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
OH yes washer111

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I have tested a lot of detergents worldwide when I was developing Rosalie's Zero Suds. 


I did have several boxes of OMO from my terrific Cuz up in Coff's Harbour.


Thank you bluejay for finding and posting that link, I couldn't find it!!


I was thinking on camera, I should have mentioned our UK contingent and our NE contingent.



Post# 841981 , Reply# 71   9/20/2015 at 18:40 (2,311 days old) by aamassther (Hendersonville, NC )        

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That was really cool to see! It was fun to see everyone on National TV!

Post# 841984 , Reply# 72   9/20/2015 at 19:08 (2,311 days old) by mamapinky (blairsville pa)        

Great job everyone, and my teenage daughter said **wow look there's TurquoiseDude, he loves Turquoise appliances** she was cute squeeling about you all...I loved everyone of those washers, beautiful. Congrats ..Cheryl

Post# 841993 , Reply# 73   9/20/2015 at 19:48 (2,311 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
Good PR!

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Thanks for posting the link above.  It was a nice piece and I enjoyed putting faces with names.


I wonder how many people were out there today, searching the internet for a pair of charcoal, control tower Blackstones......



Post# 842032 , Reply# 74   9/20/2015 at 22:58 (2,311 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
I just watched it tonight

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That was great!  I'd have to be like Paul, turquoise is my favorite color too.  Now those Blackstone's with the control tower's will be even MORE collectible!  But it was still very nicely done.

Post# 842034 , Reply# 75   9/20/2015 at 23:06 (2,311 days old) by realvanman (Southern California)        
That was fantastic!!

Thanks so much for posting the link! Thanks to all who contributed as well. I had missed the show, though mom said she recorded it, I hadn't been over there to see it yet :)

Now I'm really looking forward to the first wash in I can attend :)


Post# 842047 , Reply# 76   9/21/2015 at 01:03 (2,311 days old) by mattywashboy (Perth, Western Australia)        

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This was wonderful, really wonderful :-)

I was watching it on my phone at work this morning whilst making my coffee and my workmate came and watched it with me and just "ok, i get it now!". After over a year of making a joke out of the fact I have made the laundry room at work 'my territory'. Above this segment really showed the fun and the true passion for what we do in a non judgemental and friendly light. A very special moment to treasure.

Thank-you for making it happen :-D


Post# 842048 , Reply# 77   9/21/2015 at 01:13 (2,311 days old) by mayfan69 (Brisbane Queensland Australia)        
Wonderful segment

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Wonderful segment there Jon and everybody else!

I do hope to meet you and others next year when David and I will be travelling to the US and Canada.

Thanks so much for mentioning us down here in Oz too!


Post# 842054 , Reply# 78   9/21/2015 at 04:17 (2,311 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Great segment, you guys did well! I totally enjoyed it!

Post# 842057 , Reply# 79   9/21/2015 at 05:56 (2,311 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
Nice job!!

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Nice to see some of the faces behind the AW user names.  I don't know why I thought this was filmed in Philadelphia.  When they said outside of Boston I was surprised.

Post# 842082 , Reply# 80   9/21/2015 at 10:04 (2,310 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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What a great segment!   It would have been nice if it was more than 5 minutes, but then 5 minutes is better than nothing.    It's really great they approached it from "human interest" perspective, rather than trying to make us look like a bunch of whack jobs.  Now what the viewing public think however may be a different story, but I thought it was a wonder piece!



Post# 842083 , Reply# 81   9/21/2015 at 10:09 (2,310 days old) by Gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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This was a fun segment, could have watched those machines going for the whole hour if they used all the footage they filmed. Meeting Bill and his crew as well as some new faces of our own group was a real treat. While Jon was busy with the crew, the rest of us had lots of time to sit and talk, and grow closer together as friends.

I wanted to extend a huge Thank You to Jon for hosting everyone and opening his home and life to the cameras. I'm sure we all agree that this fascination/hobby was well presented and a fine tribute to many who have been derided and laughed at for their unusual interests.

Thank you again, Jon! We're all very grateful and proud of your many contributions to the group.

Post# 842084 , Reply# 82   9/21/2015 at 10:18 (2,310 days old) by chachp (North Little Rock, AR)        
I loved the "I thought it was just me comment"

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I fall into that category as I know many of us do.  If it wasn't for this group I'd probably still feel the same way.  I'd be locked away in my house secretly playing with my dishwashers.

Post# 842085 , Reply# 83   9/21/2015 at 10:27 (2,310 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The clip is also on YouTube.

Post# 842091 , Reply# 84   9/21/2015 at 11:07 (2,310 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Kneeling before the Duomatic is perfectly appropriate while bowing over top loaders shows proper respect. When making obeisance to any machine, it is as important to look inside as it is to look at the controls. The order of the steps is not as important as the thoroughness of the adoration.

Post# 842093 , Reply# 85   9/21/2015 at 11:36 (2,310 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Greg is right, I really enjoyed meeting everyone and a big THANKS to our wonderful host!

Post# 842095 , Reply# 86   9/21/2015 at 11:48 (2,310 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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It was so great to see, everyone did such a great job!!! Fun segment overall, I have it saved on the DVR for the long-term.

Post# 842145 , Reply# 87   9/21/2015 at 18:37 (2,310 days old) by jkbff (Happy Rock, ND)        

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I came to work this morning, one of the girls said Do you ever watch CBS on sunday mornings? I said no. She said well there was a segment on there that made me think of you. I said Oh? She said yea, there's this group of guys that get together and watch their washing machines.. And they collect them....

I said, Oh, I wonder if that was AutomaticWasher. She's like, oh that website you always talk about? I said Yea. She's like well I dunno, but there was one guy that only collects turquoise machines and, (I interrupted and said, Oh, Turquoisedude) yea, and they showed this beautiful black pair that ... I said had the controls that looked like alarm clocks? The control tower frigidaires? She jumped, Yes, them!! Must be the same club!

I said I'd come on here and see if anything was posted with info about a segment. LOL.

Post# 842175 , Reply# 88   9/21/2015 at 23:00 (2,310 days old) by FEster (Lafayette La USA)        
The side effect of publicity.

Great piece on the group and some damn nice folks and machines as well. I do agree there will probably be a spike in ebay postings and some stupid asking prices, but after a while it will cool off again. The upside will be seen in the form of awareness. For years now I've watched idiot house flippers gutting out mostly original, if somewhat neglected, MCM and craftsman style homes with many vintage trappings including clean appliances going to ebay or the junkyard. Just recently I've seen the trend start going the other way. Now people are realizing that originality brings top dollar even if it takes a bit longer to sell. In our case, I think the result will be that a person with no interest in fixing Granny's old washer, dryer or fridge in the basement, may offer it up to a good home rather than just kicking it to the curb. I saw the same thing in the automotive world with that stupid "rat rod" fad. Decent cars that could have been restored , hot rodded or customized were butchered into so called "art cars" or undrivable rat rod travesties. Later, after realizing the wretched POS they'd created, the owners part them out or they became "yard art" to rot. I'm hopeful this wiil swing our way and be positive in the long run.

Post# 842219 , Reply# 89   9/22/2015 at 07:40 (2,309 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
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Very happy to have been a part of this. Thank you Jon for inviting me to join the little rascals. For the first time in my life I'm proud to tell people that I'm part of a group that collects washing machines.


They still look at me funny, but, for many reasons, that's never going to change.

Post# 842221 , Reply# 90   9/22/2015 at 08:04 (2,309 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        

NTGOT,  because this is a great thread.   Jon has collected since 1984.  I found the group here at many years ago.  I know the club had a yahoo group.  Maybe we need to start a new thread who met who? Was it through yahoo?  I know our  Robert is computer savvy.  Tell us more about early on?

Post# 842226 , Reply# 91   9/22/2015 at 08:31 (2,309 days old) by mayken4now (Winchester, VA)        

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What a nice segment. A440 sent it to me on the you tube, as I did not get a chance to see it in person. All of you that took part in this were awesome.

Post# 842279 , Reply# 92   9/22/2015 at 16:30 (2,309 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Nicely done!

Just watched it on the link; glad I was able to see it.

Post# 842287 , Reply# 93   9/22/2015 at 18:17 (2,309 days old) by jeff_adelphi (Adelphi, Maryland, USA)        
AW History

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There is a draft of the AW history in the works. Watch for a new thread that we hope to post soon.

Post# 842289 , Reply# 94   9/22/2015 at 18:26 (2,309 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Jeff-- I would love to read the history of AW and the groups that led to what is has become.

Years ago I, for reasons that elude me, erased my profile and started it again from scratch an hour later. I'd already been coming here for a number of years, but all that was lost in the erasure. I'd love to know when I first posted. I'm sure it was one of the classic, "I can't believe there's a website dedicated to washers! I thought I was the only one into them!" posts that we see from people when they first discover AW.

I've been here through a couple of format changes; it's been fun to watch the website evolve and grow over the years. AW is by far my most frequent (and favorite) stop on the internet.

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Post# 842307 , Reply# 95   9/22/2015 at 19:53 (2,309 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I have the segment saved so I can watch it whenever I want. You guys did a great job with it and thanks to CBS for showing we are not nut cases.

Post# 842325 , Reply# 96   9/22/2015 at 21:30 (2,309 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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"we are not nut cases"

that's debatable! I speak only for myself though!

Post# 842331 , Reply# 97   9/22/2015 at 22:18 (2,309 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I know Greg that we are not nuts but some people are still biased as what is for men and whats for women. But as a kid I was told I was a sissy for liking washers and play with only boy toys like trucks and sports. I wished I had the toy washers I had that were thrown away I had because it was for a girl only. OK, its alright for girls to play football now and I despise football, and wished I had all of those toy washers back, but I am not spending $200 for a toy washer that cost 2.99 when I was a kid.

Post# 842334 , Reply# 98   9/22/2015 at 22:52 (2,309 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I like his segments, Bill does some nice interviews, as in this 'Right to Dry' segment, if he only knew of us then.....

I got a ticket for this once while living in a HOA area, actually from car mats hanging over a fence while I was washing the car.......

but whats more AMERICAN than line drying clothes....that's right up there with an apple pie cooling on a window sill....

Post# 842344 , Reply# 99   9/23/2015 at 00:01 (2,309 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
toy washers

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I was the same way!  I used to look at the Sears wish book, and they had a toy washer and dryer set...the washer had a handle on the side to make it wash and spin...I wanted it so bad..along with an easy bake oven!  Heck, I knew how to do laundry and load the dishwasher when I was 3 years old, and my sister who is 3 years older than I could not even turn the washer on!  I'm so glad I'm not the only nut job who watches videos of washers on Youtube!  But, we have come a long marriage is recognized now.

Post# 842347 , Reply# 100   9/23/2015 at 00:44 (2,309 days old) by Jimmyb (Texas)        
Great job

What a great segment, my partner watches the show religiously and he enjoyed it. I believe he now understands my love for appliances a little better. Our wedding planner even forwarded the clip to us because he wants to incorporate washing machines into our wedding somehow.

I am so very thankful for this site and all of its great members!

Post# 842355 , Reply# 101   9/23/2015 at 02:36 (2,309 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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maybe a chocolate cake shaped like your Maytag set!

Post# 842392 , Reply# 102   9/23/2015 at 08:02 (2,308 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Well well

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I never thought our little segment could reach so deep into Applianceville as to bring up some of the same memories I had about toy washers, and Jimmyb your story about the new found support of your "washer-widow" as we like to call them is the second story I've heard about "washer-widow" support for the collector-in-house this week and its only Wednesday.


I have people I haven't seen in over a year coming up to me to congratulate me on the show. I guess it really did reach 6 million viewers!!!


Bill really did a super job with us, I wish Tom & Chuck & Robert could have been in the segment because they were there at the start too. 



Post# 842436 , Reply# 103   9/23/2015 at 13:52 (2,308 days old) by washmeup (scottsdale)        

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I am so proud of you guys!!!!! Bravo

Post# 842511 , Reply# 104   9/23/2015 at 20:41 (2,308 days old) by Launderall (Minneapolis, MN Orig home to Listerine & pop up Toastmaster)        

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Watching this video again tonight brings some emotional moments for me. Allowing me to tear up a bit with pride of belonging to such a unique group. It is amazing to think we are part of this world wide "family" of washing machine collectors. we are now recorded for the 2nd time on television thanks to J. Charles. you need to post our first Boston episode in you famous lower level!

Jon you are such a natural in front of that camera, you are the bestest spoksman of this club. I have shared this CBS video with many friends & family,"there now you see I am not the only one" I say! LOL.

Thanks to you Jon Charles, John Lefever and Chuck Diel from the 1980's People magazine feature poping out of the dishwasher. Who knew! Most of all thanks to Robert Seeger for the greatest web sight, without none of this would be possible.

Thank you,Cheers to you, may the Tide always bring you back in the morning.


Post# 842517 , Reply# 105   9/23/2015 at 20:48 (2,308 days old) by washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Excellent job! Good, clean fun! Doesn't portray us as a bunch of crazy washer people.

Post# 842521 , Reply# 106   9/23/2015 at 21:05 (2,308 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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OMG it's amazing how many people I know that has said something to me about being in the video . My neighbors saw the segment and wanted to know how many washers and dryers are in my basement. I thought that was funny that they asked. Then I was at Walmart yesterday and I was in the detergent aisle and two people asked me if I was the guy that was on tv Sunday morning and my gawd the questions I got!

Post# 842544 , Reply# 107   9/24/2015 at 02:18 (2,308 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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That's great, Mike! CBS Sunday Morning has a huge audience, so I'm not surprised by your detergent aisle encounter.

My sister and I have a lengthy phone conversation every Sunday, and she asked if I'd seen the program because "There was a story about guys who collect washers! I thought of you right away." I said, "Yeah, that was really interesting." 😉

Post# 842562 , Reply# 108   9/24/2015 at 07:34 (2,307 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Gary thank you for the comments !!

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How nice to see you pop up here too ! Its been too long since we've seen whats happening in your basement !!


Yes Mike I am getting the same thing, people I haven't seen in over a year coming up to me asking all about the segment and yesterday I was just taking in the trash cans when someone stopped their car and yelled out how much they enjoyed the segment !!! 

I was told the average Sunday viewing audience is 6 million so I guess we did reach out there !



Post# 842767 , Reply# 109   9/25/2015 at 16:43 (2,306 days old) by marky_mark (From Liverpool. Now in Sitges [Barcelona] & Palm Springs, CA)        

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"3000 washing machine collectors.  A staggering, some might say alarming, figure."  ROFL!


Fab segment.  Enjoyed watching it.  Well done and glad everyone had a fun time!

Post# 842800 , Reply# 110   9/25/2015 at 21:23 (2,306 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Yes I

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certainly got a kick out of that line too Mark !!


Where are you dining, a high speed train ? The windows look too big for an airliner.




Post# 842842 , Reply# 111   9/26/2015 at 06:51 (2,306 days old) by marky_mark (From Liverpool. Now in Sitges [Barcelona] & Palm Springs, CA)        
Off Topic, FAO: Jon

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Hey Jon


That photo was taken in the nose of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 when I was flying from London to Phoenix.  I have found these photos to show you how the windows are configured (the motorized shades are behind glass). 


Note: it wasn't my seat; I was sitting on a "buddy" seat.  The footstool of every seat has its own additional seatbelt and can be used as a companion seat for dining etc. (cannot be used for takeoff / landing).


All the best




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Post# 842848 , Reply# 112   9/26/2015 at 07:20 (2,306 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Oh gawd Mark

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I love 747's !! Nice! I had no idea they doubled up the windows. Thanks !



Post# 842905 , Reply# 113   9/26/2015 at 17:47 (2,305 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

How much for a return flight from London to Sydney in one of these? $20,000? or more?

I always like the mystery of who will sit next to me on a flight. Are they going to be really big? Will they smell? Give me the flu? Or will they be HOT?

Last time I flew, I got talking to a lovely Irish person on the opposite side of the isle. As is customary, we had a lot of wine and conversation. I really enjoyed that flight.

I guess the buddy seat is for your personal assistant to feed you and give foot massages? During take off and landing they have to sit in cattle class.

Post# 842934 , Reply# 114   9/26/2015 at 19:57 (2,305 days old) by washer111 ()        

Or perhaps a lifetime of your Frequent-Flyer points... 


I imagine if you had a Credit Card with the airline's FF program, paying a full-fare return (econony) might get you enough, but I have no clue. 

Post# 843697 , Reply# 115   10/1/2015 at 00:08 (2,301 days old) by FEster (Lafayette La USA)        
A world of difference !

Dayum but that's a long way from the nylon webbing seats in a C-130 !

Post# 844426 , Reply# 116   10/5/2015 at 18:33 (2,296 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego California)        

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Did anyone mention any Holly Grail machines?
As in the ultra rare. As big an audience as that might have shaken the tree pretty well.

Post# 844429 , Reply# 117   10/5/2015 at 18:55 (2,296 days old) by kimball455 (Cape May, NJ)        

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It was really great to see such a positive presentation about the club. There are so many people that are interested in vintage products and this shows that we are really cool people.

I really enjoy visiting Yogi's wash in's.


Post# 844434 , Reply# 118   10/5/2015 at 19:15 (2,296 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I saved the original link and went back to watch it again and it turned to CBS Live News, NOT wash in. So I guess that link posted here is gone.

Post# 844440 , Reply# 119   10/5/2015 at 19:42 (2,296 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The YouTube link still works.

Post# 844443 , Reply# 120   10/5/2015 at 19:49 (2,296 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Oh its still up

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Let me see if I can find the link.


there it is !!!




Post# 844448 , Reply# 121   10/5/2015 at 20:33 (2,296 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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I saved that, lets see if it works later.

Post# 844505 , Reply# 122   10/6/2015 at 12:29 (2,295 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

This morning at 3:50am CST I had the television on the morning CBS news and guess what they played? Yup, this segment in full. So they are still playing it.

Post# 844528 , Reply# 123   10/6/2015 at 14:24 (2,295 days old) by bradross (New Westminster, BC., Canada)        
Great piece!

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That was fun to watch!

Post# 844793 , Reply# 124   10/8/2015 at 07:54 (2,293 days old) by jetcone (Schenectady-Home of Calrods,Monitor Tops,Toroid Transformers)        
Allen thanks for the heads up!!

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Thats great its getting airplay. Keeps us on the radar as collectors !!


Brad glad you could view it up in the Mother Country !!


Post# 844811 , Reply# 125   10/8/2015 at 10:05 (2,293 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Brad, were you able to view it in the last few days? Here, I can't! (but I have recorded it). Of course, I know there are ways with VPNs and other things but it won't work with my Canadian address. I just noticed that the video that Martin posted in the reply #98 above can still be viewed from Canada! 

Post# 844815 , Reply# 126   10/8/2015 at 10:45 (2,293 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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The video is up to 48K views on Youtube already! I just tried both the Youtube and the CBS link. Both worked here but I think the Youtube link has better streaming resolution.

I assume that CBS holds the rights to the piece. I wonder if we could obtain permission to place the video here on AW? I have a good off air copy along with others that have recorded it.

Post# 844902 , Reply# 127   10/8/2015 at 23:40 (2,293 days old) by A440 ()        

I copied it in 720P direct from Youtube to my computer hard drive.  Easy to do with Firefox.



Post# 844925 , Reply# 128   10/9/2015 at 07:29 (2,293 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        
Well hello world

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I guess I survived the end of the world. I just now saw the CBS Sunday Morning Segment for the first time. But I was traveling in Michigan, running around crazy. Oh well. Late for the party. I try and watch the show each Sunday(it became a better show in later years). What a great segment Bill did with you all and for the first time, I got to meet some of you collectors.

Jon Charles - Nice job on camera! I enjoyed seeing your machines and a basement that reminds me of so many I grew up with. What a great collection of appliances you have. Nice to see and hear Paul and some of the others.

I love the old washers and dryers with their style, lights and design. It was a fun, good segment that promotes your interests. I wished it was a longer segment,that's all.

:-) Phil(B)R.

Post# 844930 , Reply# 129   10/9/2015 at 08:11 (2,292 days old) by glomain (tuscarawas cnty. (eastern ohio))        

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it was a nice segment,but im sure there was much more to see ! maybe classic washers pt. 2 is in order.

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