The story of how I went from measuring TV screen sizes in inches to feet

By John Toth / Editor and Publisher

In 1970, when we had our brand new color television set delivered, I looked at the 25-inch screen and that NBC peacock and thought in my childish head that this is as good as it gets.

I watched cartoons and movies in “living color” that I never thought a TV screen could generate, or that we could afford one that did. Considering it had vacuum tubes inside, that set lasted a pretty long time without having to be repaired.

Things have changed a little since then, but for many years, the 25-inch (diagonally-measured) TV was about as good as it got.

I was reminiscing to whoever wanted to listen about that TV, as I unpacked a brand new HD video projector just delivered to my front door.

Ever since we bought that old TV back in 1970, I always wanted a bigger screen, and then even bigger.
In the movie “The Aviator,” Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) had an entire movie theater to himself, with a big screen, in front of which he wandered aimlessly, looking like one sick dude. But I thought it was pretty cool that Hughes got to watch this huge screen all day long.

I have been buying flat screen TVs, but the bigger ones, like the 72-inch, or the 90-inch, cost more than I want to pay. I didn’t want to measure the screen size in inches, but in feet.

So, I started looking at projectors, which are less expensive than the big screen TVs. I spent hours looking through the different makes and models, and then put in my order for a no-name brand made in China and shipped from a warehouse in California.

And, as I talked about my first color TV, I hooked this moving pictures machine up and turned it on.
The entire wall became a big HD TV set, 11 feet (measured diagonally). I felt like Clark Griswold in “Christmas Vacation” when he turned on the lights decorating his house.

That is some picture, I remarked as we watched the Houston Cougar football game.

And then there is the new-fangled invention called the XBox that my son hooked up to the projector, turning the entire wall into a big video game.

You know what I’m thinking? I asked my wife. She said no.

I’m thinking that while this is a great picture, I’m kind of getting used to it. I found a projector that has an even stronger lamp, and it’s not much more than this one.

There is only one problem. We’re limited physically by the size of the living room wall.
You know what I’m thinking? I asked her again. She said no, again.

We need a bigger house.