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Date Posted: 15:17:04 07/15/13 Mon
Author: JM
Subject: Re: WQED's "Great TV Auction"
In reply to: Oldies Dave 's message, "WQED's "Great TV Auction"" on 01:25:11 07/06/13 Sat

I also remember watching a lot of the auction, especially late. Those were the days of limited channel options, which was probably a factor.

Looking back, the logistics must have been beastly. They had to line up the items donated for the auction. Everything had to be cataloged. A description had to be written for each item. The tables had to be loaded and put in place. The items had to be posted on the bid boards. They had to have runners so they could update the bids. When things were sold, the winning bidders had to be contacted. They had to attach the name of the winning bidder on the item, and someone had to staff the warehouse for pick up and payment. Considering that all of this was done before computers could streamline some of the process, it would have been a major undertaking.

There was also the issue of fake bids. I can remember watching late on a Saturday night when several of the winning bidders (with very generous overbids) had the names of professional wrestlers. That suggested some 12-year-olds without parental supervision were pranking the auction.

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