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(YouTube)   Remember when IBM hired the cast of MASH to hawk their computers?   ( divider line
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1988 IBM ads M*A*S*H Col. Potter meets Trapper John!

Col. Potter finally meets Trapper John for the first time, as the original MASH cast reunites for several TV commercials for IBM Personal System/2 products recasting them in a business office with new IBM computers. Gary Burghoff, Jamie Farr, Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, Bill Christopher, Loretta Swit, and Wayne Rogers tout "the next generation of power, speed, and graphics," with a whopping 256 colors! Originally broadcast in early April 1987 and rebroadcast in 1988. Sorry we had to cut the later 1988 IBM ad featuring Alan Alan crossing the flooded office in an inflatable life raft, but for some reason the whole upload gets rejected if Alda's clip is included (something to do with his conflicting Atari ads from around the same time???)

BetaGems are culled from an archive of over 1000 beta video tapes recorded from 1983 into the 1990s. Most feature live music performances broadcast on television in San Diego CA, though there are also rarely seen commercials, comedy clips, and other material that doesn't seem to be anywhere else on Youtube or online. Most of the tapes were recorded on a Sony SL-HFT7 Super Beta Theater Hi-Fi Stereo - the same model was refurbished and is being used for these digital transfers and uploads.

In rare occasions where a BetaGems clip does appear elsewhere, we're only uploading if our own beta master is better quality or contains material not seen previously. Much footage comes from public television and public access broadcasts that the taper, who worked for a local cable TV production company in the 1980s, monitored nightly for several years. Some of the programming is strictly regional, mostly from the San Diego area.

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