September 25, 2017 – “The Eve of Christmas Eve, 2005”

Hello, everyone!

I hope your weekend was great, but it is a new week and new challenges to face. Ms. Rubin is away, so I was worried there would be a gap in regards of direction. My worries turned out to be unfounded at least for today. My day on paper may not seem a lot, but it did it did take time to go through it. It would be better write about then just beating around the bush, so it would be best to into detail.

Today, I was bound and determined to finish what was started at the end of last week and chase the rabbit down the VHS tape that was recorded on December 23, 2005 on NBC WESH 2. The content that the archives would be interested in had long since past with the fifth episode (I am correcting myself from a previous blog post) of season one of Deal Or No Deal. After that was NBC Dateline with a story titled “Broken Lives.” The story itself can be read online still on the NBC News website (

A break between news hours was a rerun of episode seven of season four of Law & Order: Criminal Intent titled “Magnificat.” WESH 2 News at 11 featured stories such as boy that accidentally had a pocket knife lodged into his head had the knife removed successfully. Late night television that day began with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Leno retired not too long ago, so seeing the show that year was a different pace for once. The VHS tape finally ended following Matthew Broderick’s interview with Conan O’Brien from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In total, the VHS holds six hours and thirty minutes of content. I watched it all just to see where it ended.

It took weeks, but I finally completed watching the VHS tapes in the O’Shaughnessy Collection. The last tape was another copy of the “1980 UCF Fighting Knights Football Season” that featured clips from the September 22, 1979 UCF vs. St. Leo game, highlights from the 1980 season, and a UCF Varsity vs. “Alumnknights” game. I am still trying to figure out which game the footage is from. Michael O’Shaughnessy himself participated in the game, 1990 held the fourth annual one in daytime as the footage in this one was at night, and I just ruled out 1988 because of the final scores. It has to be either 1987 or 1989. If only I can find a way to be sure.

In conclusion, on paper I just watched two VHS tapes. Content-wise, it was filled with five hours of footage. The good news is I finished reviewing the tapes, so maybe tomorrow or Friday I will be putting together the finding aid. That is all for today, so I will report back tomorrow! Take care and stay safe!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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