DTV Transition Saves Man’s Life

June 15, 2009

MEMPHIS, TENN.: Friday’s DTV transition is being credited with saving a Tennessee man’s life. Robert Monsarrat, an 86-year-old WWII veteran living in the Memphis suburb of Midtown was one of several hundred thousand people who’ve not yet received a digital-to-analog converter box. He told the Memphis Commercial Appeal that he was consequently watching “Oprah” on his only digital TV set in the kitchen, rather than the usual spot in his bedroom, when lightning struck a tree outside that crashed into where he normally would have been.

The Appeal said the fallen oak destroyed the back of Monsarrat’s house, including his bedroom. “I was curled up in the fetal position under the rubble when they dug me out,” he said. He escaped with minor cuts and bruises, the newspaper said.


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