Web surfers watch Inauguration at their desks

By Jamey Boyum - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Many East Texans did not get to watch the Inauguration coverage on TV at all. In fact, they turned, to the screen right there on their desk.

Lucky employees who have web access and a little down time were able to watch history happen. KLTV 7 went to some East Texan "web surfers" to their perspective on watching the Inauguration from their desks.

Charlie Falco works at vaccume and sewing center in Tyler.

"I thought it would be a good chance to take a break and catch up on what was going on I finally got to experience it live when it happened. I think it's a new day for America and hopefully we'll prosper like it did in the past," said Falco.

Behind the suspended planes and models lurks internet access. And, in a place called Hobbytown USA, what do you think the manager would be doing?

"I was watching the inauguration," said Chris Parker, manager of Hobbytown USA. "I could have been doing other things, should have been doing other things, but I didn't want to miss that. I think its significant, a new start for our country."

At the nearby Gold Leaf Gallery, Buster Barlow sells art and makes his custom frames but does manage to squeeze in a visit to cyber space.

"I think its awesome, myself. The first time I've ever done it and I'm sure its the first time for a lot of people," said Barlow.

If anyone deserved a long enough break to watch the inauguration its Buster. He's not just a shop owner, he's also a WWII vet and related to...

"Robert E. Lee. According to one of my genealogy cousins in Louisiana he's my thirteenth cousin," said Barlow.

So, a lucky few including a bit of southern royalty, as it were, got to watch the closest thing Americans have to royalty take over, as it happened.