I do feel your pain, indeed! I will look to see if I have an extra copy of "OLYMPICS" for you. In the meantime, perhaps you should take the offending VCR to a good repair shop. We are very fortunate to have one such shop near us, and the gentleman who runs it swears by (not AT!) older model VCRs. According to him, the newer models are not nearly as good, and I agree.
Thanks to everyone for your sympathy. The tape is too old to repair, a blank used to tape films off television. And it would be cheaper to buy a new VCR than to repair our, also a few years old. I'll just have to wait it out.
Yes, I do have a birthday coming up, but I'd stand a better chance to get the Chanthology then the entire series.
I'll at least get to see the Black Camel as I have that on DVD.