Grandview Moment in Time

Staff Writer
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A former appliance store on Olentangy River Road at Third Avenue near Grandview Heights became the new home of Warner Communication's QUBE interactive television effort in 1977.

QUBE was a revolutionary approach to television, marrying cable and computer technology to give viewers the opportunity to interact with their TVs. Viewers used a set-top box and remote with "five interactive buttons which were used to play games, shop at home, and answer questions" to send responses to the cable service.

QUBE was the home of several groundbreaking shows, including "Flippo the Clown's Magic Circus," "America goes Bananaz," "Soap Scoop" and "Talent Search." Programming included what is now called pay-per-view, interactive games, children's shows and local shows such as "Columbus Alive."

QUBE went out of business in 1985 and was replaced in the building by Lyon Video. The facility and an adjacent former bank recently were razed to make room for commercial developments, including Miller's Ale House.