Personal FX: The Collectibles Show (1994– )
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I didn't have a TV in my apartment so I used to watch my parents' tube. I had just finished watching a segment of the X Files when a program came on called Personal FX. I was hooked instantly. I had always been fascinated with items in our home that had come from my parents' family homes and through inheritances from relatives' estates, and often wondered about their history, value, etc.
After my long vacation, I used to go to my folks' house on my lunch-hours just to catch Personal FX.
I can remember one episode during which co-host Claire Carter announced that the New York apartment in which the series was filmed was being renovated and that once said renovations were complete that Personl FX would return to the air.
It never did! Personal FX was the first -and best - of the collectible shows. And it vanished from the air! Almost fifteen years later, I'm still sore.
Way to go, FX.
The subjects covered on the show were varied enough to suit most collectors, and the experts' opinions seemed valid. I, too, took a second look at many of the things I had inherited or accumulated. That probably helped me do very well on eBay when I started trading there in 1998.
I'm not one of those people who watches loads and loads of television. I stumbled across this show while home sick with a bad case of the flu one day, and was immediately hooked. I developed quite a crush on John Burke. Both he and Claire did an amazing job of hosting the show together. You could really tell that they both loved their jobs.
The super-collector segments were excellent. I found myself interested in things I had never previously given a single thought to.
What I would really like to know is: Whatever happened to Jack the dog? Did one of the hosts adopt him?