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Published on Jun 3, 2013
AND - the actual intrigue in all of this? "Is This Bird Sick?" (http://theoldcatvequipmentmuseum.org/... CATJ for December 1978). One of the two birds WAS "sick", and as is obvious in a quite labored exchange, Archie Miller (and Bob Youngblood) actually admit! Oh my. A "sick satellite"?? And how serious??? You decide, and as you are deciding, you might check out RCA's F3 satellite history as well. Sometimes getting in a hurry could be dangerous! And this point. RCA allowed me (and J. Duke Brown who you might notice is pointedly "missing" from this particular interview; think about it!) into Vernon Valley, even providing an NBC cameraman from New York to record the visit, under extraordinary pressures. That was part of the 'responsibility' I carried as editor-in-chief of CATJ/ Community Antenna Television Journal. By late 1978, CATJ was the world's largest circulation cable television monthly and my own fame was squared of that. If I ventured a statement about a "sick satellite", RCA stock could well have dropped 10% the next day. I knew that and approached this very carefully; I may have been a seriously respected journalist, but any trespassing on this sensitive subject was a threat to RCA. They knew that - I knew that - J. Duke "knew" that, which is why, in deference to his employer's (M/A) relationship (present and future) with RCA, he asked to "be excused" from my "cross examination" of Miller and Youngblood. J. Duke and I, sharing a motel room near RCA, found a phone call waiting for us. I returned it to an impeccable source of information in the satellite industry. "Let me read you an internal RCA technical memo" he began. He did and I now knew exactly where I was headed in 12 hours. I repeated the essence to J. Duke and he turned ashen white. "They DO have a sick bird!" he exclaimed. Indeed, they did. And we all lived through it! (Bob Cooper; June 2013)