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The complete boxed set of Columbo showed up at Costco, including both series: 1968-1978 and 1989-2003. I watched some of the early episodes last weekend.

Good god, Columbo was young in 1968!

And it's interesting to see that even the first female murderers were tall. Not only was rumpled working-class Columbo dealing with the rich and powerful, his first several opponents all loomed over him physically. (I checked on google and Falk was 5' 6".)

But that's not what I came here to talk about.

The first series of Columbo started when I was in about 8th grade and ended after I finished my MLS, so it depicts a world I lived through in technological terms.

Payphones.
The rhythm of dialing a call on an actual dial phone. By the fourth episode or so, the rich people were starting to have push-button phones (even avocado, instead of black!) but regular phones all had dials...

What was really embarassing was that the third episode (directed by Steven Spielberg!) started with a long outdoor pan that eventually pulled into an office building, with no music or voices, just a really odd ongoing sound effect. And for the the longest time I could not decide what the sound was. At least I figured out what it was before the pan finished. It's amazing how wierd a serious manual typewriter used by a strong, fast typist sounds after all these years.

Even electric typewriters allowed a smoother rhythm and less choppy sound than the office manuals.

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