Early Public Access Television

Almost 30 years ago, in the early 1980's, Manhattan Cable TV provided free public access time for locally produced video programming. It was supposed to be non-commercial, educational...
but tended toward individuals ranting and naturally, soft core porn. I remember Al Goldstein's Midnight Blue and The Robin Byrd Show as being the norm. At the time, It seemed like the right situation as I have always loved TV but never been a big fan of "video". This work was intended only for TV broadcast and was never shown in a gallery or any other fine art setting.
Working with Young Filmmakers on Delancey Street, I was able to get access to a studio, cameras and editor and began producing episodes of "CLEAN & NEAT" in early 1983.
Later that same year I teamed up with my wife Shirley Lee and together we bought a small Sony Betamax camera enabling us to work on location. It really wasn't until Shirley became involved, especially in editing, that these "CLEAN & NEAT" episodes became interesting. Truly a collaboration. She took a job at Phantasmagoria, a post production house in the Film Center Building on 9th Avenue, allowing us access to after-hours use of the 3/4" editing decks.

People have suggested over the years that I post some of the episodes online and while I knew there were a few vintage 3/4" U-Matic cassettes out in the barn, they hadn't been properly stored...
Then we saw the film "Hugo" and I was inspired by seeing the early Georges Méliès films.
So, in the interest of television history, I shipped off four old tapes to HD Media Services
and was very pleased with the transfer results.
The four episodes of "CLEAN & NEAT" posted on YouTube are from late 1984 and early 1985:

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