Video: Getting Tips From Tapes

Home cassettes teach everything from fitness to finance

William F. Buckley Jr., seated in a leather easy chair and wielding a ball- point pen for emphasis, holds forth on an unlikely subject for a conservative guru: the techniques of celestial navigation. The Fonz (Henry Winkler) steps off his motorcycle for some straight talk to children about sexual abuse. "Somebody touching your private parts," he urges, "is a secret you don't keep!" Esther Williams, the aquatic screen star from the 1940s and '50s, dives back into the pool to show parents how to teach their infants to swim.

Scenes from an obscure cable channel? Or maybe from a new afternoon...

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