Electronics: Incompatibly Split

It was the kind of ruckus that Pa Cartwright almost routinely settles every week on U.S. color TV. Europeans, who don't see Bonanza or anything else in color, have been feudin' for more than a year over which of two color systems to adopt—and now they have decided on a permanent split into hostile camps.

The competing systems are France's SECAM (for Séquence de Couleurs avec Mémoire—color sequence with memory) and West Germany's PAL (for phase alternating line). They are, of course, incompatible.

During his recent trip to Moscow, Charles de Gaulle talked to the Kremlin about adopting SECAM for...

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