MANNERS & MORALS: Americana, Dec. 4, 1950


¶ A TV set provided an unnerving experience for Ernest Kolesiak of South Bend, Ind. Kolesiak was on the roof tightening guy wires on his antenna when it toppled across a 27,000-volt power line. Immediately, great balls of fire bounced up & down on the roof with thunderous explosions, the plumbing threw off sparks, and pipes melted around the kitchen sink. Mrs. Kolesiak, peeling potatoes, found her spectacles flecked with molten metal, the television set burned out and one of the knobs blew off, the telephone went dead, a glove lying in the yard burst into flames, and the...

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