It’s precisely ten years since the fateful day that Ceefax disappeared from its rightful home in the Beeb’s Vertical Blanking Interval once and for all.
That’s a decade too long for our liking, so let’s relive those golden days via a fun chat with Grim Underscore Fandango himself, the Master of Astrophysics, Jason Robertson.
The main course is Ceefax in its formative days, brought to life once more through the magic of video tape recovery. Jason talks us through a service from 1975, when Ceefax was approximately 11 months old.
But we also learn more about the man behind the Teletext Archaeologist moniker, including his band named after a badly-drawn (non-Ceefax) cartoon.
Originally broadcast on Teletext Sofa Club LIVE, 1st April 2021
- Direct Download: Teletext R Podcast – 2022-10-23 – Jason Robertson, the Teletext Archaeologist (TSC 1st April 2021)
- You can also listen via Retro Unlim here.
0:45 Are you a Digitiser April Fool?
4:40 Jason was a rock star in a previous life
10:50 Favourite teletext recovery (Spoiler: it’s Ceefax 1975.)
12:30 The typewriter’s influence on early teletext & Ceefax typeface competition
16:10 Teletext art in 1975
20:00 The role of Paul Rose in teletext art
24:05 How many recoveries does Jason have?
27:15 Teletext ASMR & fists of fun
32:00 Clock Cracker by Caboose
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