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In an age of otherwise bountiful library resources, I've found that one of
the hardest things to come by is a videotape of a specific episode of a
current or recent prime-time television show.  In particular, I've spent
a month trying to locate a copy of the "Pregnant Men" episode of Cosby,
or of the episode of Roseanne where Roseanne gets fired from the burger
joint.
 
For those of us far distant from the Museum of Broadcasting, some kind
of system is needed.  Maybe we could establish a mailing-list pool of
videotaped episodes (how about my _Twin Peaks_ 3/11 for your L.A. Law
9/21?) that could be loaned out or circulated for classroom or research
use.  Each subscriber would, by making a list of her/his tapes available,
have a chance to exchange tapes to get what they needed, and could make
their tapes available.
 
Or is there already some clearinghouse for these kinds of tapes?  Can you
get them directly from the networks, or from the syndication-rights holders?
 
Enquiring minds want to know.
 
(and p.s. if anyone _does_ have those episodes, I'd be glad to reimburse
them for postage if they could send them to me [Russell Potter, English
Dept., Colby College, Waterville ME 04901]).