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This xkcd "What If?" reminded me of a short story I read, maybe in a compilation of Golden Age SF stories by the likes of Henry Kuttner and Fritz Leiber. It was just a few pages long. A group of rich old geezers are passengers on one of the first faster-than-light ships to leave Earth. The last few sentences of the story describe them gathering around a TV set to watch TV signals that left Earth in the '50s, which the ship has caught up with---it's an episode of "The Howdy Doody Show" that the old guys remember from childhood but thought they would never see again (since it was from the era of live broadcasting before videotape).

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The title of the story is "What Time Is It?". Sorry, don't recall the author.

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    There is a story of that title by Jack Haldeman which is collected in an anthology called TV 2000 so that sounds like a good candidate. isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?53469 – Organic Marble May 30 '17 at 18:13
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    Can you describe why you think this would be a good match. – Valorum May 30 '17 at 18:15
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    It's a story about TV and it's in an anthology about TV. – Organic Marble May 30 '17 at 18:16
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    @Gallifreyan Definitely not the Elam story, described in this unaccepted answer. Not the Asimov, that's a Black Widowers story. If it's one of those four, it's probably the Haldeman. – user14111 May 30 '17 at 20:24
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    Haldeman's "What Time Is It?" seems to fit the "very short" part of the description, apparently it's all on p. 12 of Vertex, February 1975. Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of that. – user14111 May 30 '17 at 20:27

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