Could have just stored the tapes in the basement. I guess that would be good for video tapes. I don't know. It's a cool place but not particularly dry. Maybe it wouldn't be ideal. But whatever. Probably good enough.
I mean, they'd only have to last until...I don't know...maybe 2000 is when digitising video became affordable. There was probably some software where you can hook the VCR to your computer, play the video, and it would record it digitally. So tapes from 1985 would only have to last 15 years to this 2000 digitising date.
It's interesting to think about but why would he start the archive? Maybe if I suggested that I'd like the shows to be recorded so that I can watch the whole episode when I get home from school. That's a fair request. Then when he asks if he can use the same tape again, I could have said no because I might want to watch it again or when I'm an adult and have children of my own, they might want to watch. Then this could have been a fun father/son project. Archiving the Bozo Show. Why not? It's perfectly feasible.
How much did blank tapes actually cost? Looking online. Tough to say. Maybe $10/piece in 1985 for a decent quality blank tape. The length might be 90 minutes or two hours. You'd only be able to get one show per tape. I don't remember how long the show was. It varied. At least 90 minutes, I'm sure.
So yeah. $10 in 1985 is like $23 today. No way is somebody going to spend $115/week to record a children's television program. And you'd get mountains of tapes.
There's a guy in New York who recorded most every Late Night with David Letterman show, though. So from the early 80s to whenever the show finished...2010s. The show would go to this guy to get footage. So apparently it can be done if you have the passion. And I think that this guy lived in an apartment so you don't need a huge amount of space, apparently.
But yeah...you'd really have to be on a mission to devote that kind of money to a children's show. It would probably be more than the mortgage.
You'd think that one person out there would have done it, though. One eccentric lunatic. But I guess there isn't.
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