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Wilkes-Barre in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Birthplace of HBO

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

 

—November 8, 1972 —

 
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By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2018
1. The Birthplace of HBO Marker
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In November of 1972, 365 subscribers of Service Electric Cable TV became the first subscribers to Home Box Office. By participating in the launch of the nation's premiere pay television service, these citizens of Wilkes Barre became part of communications history.

On the occasion of launching Cinemax, HBO's sister service, HBO acknowledges the pioneering role of the city of Wilkes Barre and Service Electric in the development of cable entertainment. We appreciate your loyal support during the past twelve years and look forward to an equally rewarding relationship in the future.
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Thomas V. McLaughlin
• Mayor of Wilkes Barre •
April 18, 1984


 
Erected 1984 by HBO and the City of Wilkes-Barre.
 
Location. 41° 14.769′ N, 75° 52.923′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Touch for map. Marker is near the NW corner of the Public Square, in downtown. Marker is in this post office area: Wilkes Barre PA 18701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. America's First Jazz Festival (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of the AIME (here, next to
Markers near the NW Corner of Public Square image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2018
2. Markers near the NW Corner of Public Square
this marker); The Fine Arts Fiesta (here, next to this marker); Public Square Park (here, next to this marker); Fort Wilkes Barre 1778 (here, next to this marker); Old Ship Zion Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilkes-Barre Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Also see . . .
1. Risk: A Game of Cable Domination (2010). (Submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Home Box Office HBO. (Submitted on May 4, 2018.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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