Nerdery, TV

When Nerds Ruled PBS (Okay, When They Were Just More Obvious About It)

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io9 found footage of an old PBS telethon back in the days when it showed Doctor Who. More specifically, when the channel let Who fans in front of the camera to lead the fund drive. It’s like the monolith from 2001, except it’s full of nerds. Head here for more videos if you can stand it; if you can’t, no one will blame you.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.