The Ultimate Satellite News-Gathering Apparatus

Summer break is over. I’d been waiting for some positive news to share, and this is it. NBC has launched a huge, searchable video archive of Saturday Night Live clips, including many that are available online for the first time. And included in those debuts is a character I’d been trying to find for years: Al Franken’s self-contained mobile satellite uplink unit.

In most of his reports, Franken refers to his “1.3-meter” dish. In his earliest segments his dish really looked about that large, but later he switched to this prop, which can’t be more than 30 inches. You can search for more of his reports, but this one is my favorite so far.