CBS aired the Wizard of Oz on TV for the first time on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 3, 1956. Unlike the theatrical release, which magically switched from black and white to color when Dorothy opened the door of her house after it landed in Oz, the TV telecast was shown totally in b/w. Three years later the broadcast of the movie became a cherished annual event (when it began airing on Sunday). In 1999 the movie was acquired by Turner Entertainment where it has aired on its various cable networks ever since.
Although I was well acquainted with the plot, during every viewing I held out hope that Dorothy might make it to the storm cellar in time. And while many other little boys with gay leanings may have been fascinated by the ruby slippers I found myself enthralled by the tornado and hoped that one day one would strike my neighborhood (perhaps its phallic shape also had a subliminal effect). Thus began my fascination with meteorology, which almost lead me to get a degree in it (instead I switched my major to Advertising upon determining I wasn't cut out for countless courses in Physics).
Another beloved movie classic from 1939, Gone With the Wind, wouldn't air on network TV until 1976.