"That was wonderful. And the funny part of it was we had a 30-foot antenna and everything else. About half the time, you couldn't see it because all you saw was snow. You'd hear the voice. But there was so much snow you had to just kind of 'vision' [imagine] what it was…
   Question: "Why was it 'wonderful?'"
   "It was different, I guess. I guess it was amazing that you could send live signals through the air and pick them up again with a machine here. That was – we don't think of that now because electronics back then was very rare. And now everybody knows that's what happens. But back then we didn't know that"
   Question: "Did you feel more connected to the rest of the world? To the rest of the United States?"
   "Oh I think we did, yeah. Because news traveled better then. News didn't travel just by radio and so – You could see things what happened different places… You could see them in person that was really – that was great. We take it for granted today. Then, why we didn't because it was something that never had happened before. We grow up with it here now. There we didn't. It come in you know and – it was just a different way of life, really."

Harry Hankel & His First TV


Other Excerpts from Harry Hankel's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Harry's War and POW Experience
Coming Home after the War
Biggest Change in Farming
From Horses to Tractors