35 years of news broadcast saved

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In a storage unit somewhere in Philadelphia, 140,000 VHS tapes sit packed into four shipping containers. Most are hand-labeled with a date between 1977 and 2012, and if you pop one into a VCR you might see scenes from the Iranian Hostage Crisis, the Reagan Administration, or Hurricane Katrina.

It's 35 years of history through the lens of TV news, captured on a dwindling format.

It's also the life work of Marion Stokes, who built an archive of network, local, and cable news, in her home, one tape at a time, recording every major (and trivial) news event until the day she died in 2012 at the age of 83 of lung disease.


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http://www.fastcompany.com/3022022/...who-single-handedly-taped-35-years-of-tv-news
 

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She taped lots of things, but she thought news was especially important, and when cable transformed it into a 24-hour affair, she began recording MSNBC, Fox, CNN, CNBC, and CSPAN around the clock...

Unfortunately the first two or three channels mentioned mean the impact of this 'news' is somewhat diminished, imo of course.

Then there is the shoplifting of 140,000 tapes, but that's another story
 
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