Local History Advent Calendar 2018 – Day 3 – First large-screen TV

Day 3 : In 1975, Morris Wosk installed the city’s first large-screen TV in the Sunset Inn Pub at the Blue Horizon Hotel….

We can thank Morris Wosk and the team at Blue Horizon Hotel for introducing large-screen TVs to the city, thus putting in motion the beginning of the end of the art of conversation in pubs and bars. In January 1975, the Sunset Inn Pub at the Blue Horizon Hotel installed the city’s first large-screen TV at a cost of $30,000. At the time, it was only the third such system in North America, and the first large-screen TV in Canada.

Province newspaper, January 22, 1975.

When I am researching one topic I often come across random historical tidbits that I think might be interesting to research one day.  These tidbits sometimes end up as full-fledged stories and sometimes they just stay as random historical tidbits.  I have collected quite a few, so I thought it might be fun to present them in the form of “treats” for a local history advent calendar. Think of them as holiday cocktail party fodder – 24 facts about Vancouver history that can be used as conversation starters at your next social event.