BOB HASTINGS, THE VOICE OF COMMISSIONER GORDON ON ‘BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES,’ DIES AT 89
For a certain generation of TV viewers, Bob Hastings will always be Lt. Elroy Carpenter from McHale’s Navy. For another generation, he’ll forever be the voice of Police Commissioner Gordon. We may not have known his name or even thought about who was providing Gordon’s voice on Batman: The Animated Series, but for our entire lives, his voice will be the voice we hear in our heads when we read a comic with Gordon in it.
Hastings died Monday after a long battle with prostate cancer, according to the Burbank Leader. He was 89.
Commissioner Gordon wasn’t the first DC Comics character Hastings voiced. In the 1960s, he provided the voice for Superboy and Clark Kent in various animated projects, including The New Adventures of Superman and The Batman/Superman Hour. Hastings made one guest appearance on the 1966 Batman TV series as the character Major Beasley, and did voiceover work on the 1970s Spider-Man and Super Friends cartoons.
Nonetheless, his wonderful performance as Commissioner Gordon is what will be his masterwork for many comics and animation fans. Hastings could make even the smallest scenes feel like big moments. Take, for instance, the above scene in which Gordon meets Batman for coffee just after the New Year rings in.
For young adults…by young adults.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. died today. Although many know him from his live action TV roles in such series as 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., I will always remember him as the wonderful voice of Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series.RIP, sir. You entertained an awful lot of people in your life, and who could ask for anything more?
Efram Zimbalist Jr, the voice of Alfred Pennyworth, has passed away.
You had a good run, Mr. Z. we’ll miss you.
"…Launched in 1974, Ceefax was the world’s first teletext service — a proto-internet delivering text and graphics to British tellies. When normal programmes finished at the end of every day pages from Ceefax would carry on scrolling, keeping insomniacs and night workers company through the wee hours. Its cheesy synthesised music is arguably as iconic a sound of its time as the squeal of a dial-up modem was to the 1990s.
Ceefax was first developed by the BBC as a way to transmit subtitles using unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, but researchers at the broadcaster realised that the same technology could just as easily handle full pages of text. That led to the first test transmissions in 1974, with a formal rollout in 1976. Early television sets needed a special chip to be able to receive and store the information as it was broadcast — many of those reading this will remember waiting for a page to refresh, watching the ticker at the top right which slowly crept upwards as each page was rebroadcast with new information….” http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2012-10/22/rip-ceefax
"…Ceefax - "See Facts" - has been a quick source for catching up on the news on your TV set and the key word there is "quick". The BBC will tell you that most of Ceefax’s content is now available through the Red Button as Digitext but compared to that new service, Ceefax worked at light speed.
You could switch on your TV set and key in page number 101 to get news headlines before the Red Button responded. You could be reading news before a computer had started or before your smartphone had loaded the BBC News website.
It was so fast that it would break news before anyone else. QPR assistant football manager Bruce Rioch learnt he was being sacked by reading it on Ceefax first. England cricketer Matthew Hoggard learnt the opposite - that he was selected - because his mum saw it on Ceefax…The speed was partly because a Ceefax news page would have neither photos nor video. It wouldn’t embed audio. It didn’t have the room for long interviews or in-depth features. Each page was a maximum of 40 characters across and, theoretically, 24 lines down….” http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2012-10-23/farewell-to-ceefax—-it-was-nice-working-with-you
The rear of a Nipkow scanning disk of a Baird Televisor, an early television demonstrated in 1926. The disk had a spiral of holes bored into it, and when rotated, the holes would sweep over an image from top to bottom, slicing it into columns of information.