#9 - The Second Life of Marion Stokes

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 01:46 PM

Marion Stokes (Sean Salmon/flickr)

Marion Stokes was a hoarder. When she died last year, her family had to figure out what to do with 9 separate residences and 3 storage locations full of stuff - everything from tens of thousands of books to decades-old Apple computers. This is the story of how they found a home for the strangest artifact in her collection — 140,000 videocassettes filled with 35 years of round-the-clock cable TV news.

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Comments [5]

E.J. Chen from Inland Empire CA

Thank you for this. Would it be possible to create transcripts? Deaf people, and autistics who cannot process the spoken word, might be interested in these stories.

Jan. 18 2014 06:43 AM
Chris Sobieniak

Certainly the sort of thing a place like the Paley Center or a university would be beneficial for such a collection.

Dec. 26 2013 02:44 AM

No contact with the Paley Centers??? Papers to university archives, etc.???

Dec. 15 2013 11:31 AM

Wow, and I used to think my brother and I were OCD for taping a bunch of new wave videos on MTV back in the early 80s.

Dec. 13 2013 03:40 PM

Would you please stop putting these into the OTM iTunes podcast?

I don't enjoy them and it pushes my unplayed episodes of OTM off my queue. Please??

Dec. 13 2013 02:33 PM

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