I recently moved, and even though everybody thought I was crazy for doing it, I held on to our two CRTs rather than donate them to Goodwill and save space. One is a normal Zenith 27", but it's the first large purchase I ever made with my own money, and it has provided me so many years of trouble-free service (and countless video games played on it).
For a long, long time I had an old 19" Zenith TV, probably older than I am (and I'm nearly 29). The kind with faux-wood panels, the two big, hard to turn clicky dials and nothing but an RF input and a mono speaker. It was our main TV growing up until our house got hit by lightning and it went on the fritz. We got a new 27" Magnavox with all the bells and whistles of the mid-90s like SmartSound and two RCA inputs, and it was pretty nice. But just for kicks we took that old Zenith to our trusted TV repair guy (remember when you didn't just throw electronics in the trash?) and he got that old gal working pretty good. Just a little bit of discoloration around the top left corner, but nothing unbearable. I put that thing in my room and hooked my games up to it. I never had a TV in my room until then, so I was stoked to finally have what my friends had well before me. Throughout middle school and high school I spent so much time playing DKC, Mario RPG, Kirby's Superstar, and all sorts of other games while blasting Weezer out of my little boombox CD player. When I took off for college I brought the Zenith with me and its warm glow was a comfort after my friends and I got hell of stoned and needed occupied. I was even playing PS2 and GameCube games on it at this point, but I distinctly remember my buddy Kirk spending a few nights running through Star Tropics on it.
Eventually when TVs started getting really cheap in the early 2000s I spent $100 on a new 19" CRT with stereo sound and RCA inputs. Smaller, lighter and better in nearly every way. But I don't have the memories, the stories to tell of this TV. It was just a TV. A drab black hunk of uncharacteristic plastic that served its purpose and nothing more. Eventually I bought an HD LCD but I never really liked that thing much, and I didn't even bother to take it with me to Phoenix. Instead my sister uses it sometimes.
I don't know what happened to that old Zenith. I doubt we threw it out, that wasn't like us. I vaguely recall giving it to someone else who needed a TV, but I honestly can't say for sure. I hope it made it to a good home but I can't fool myself into believing that it's still in use somewhere.
On that old TV I watched my first episode of The Simpsons in 1989. On Christmas day, 1990, I hooked up my brand new NES up to it and had my mind blown by Super Mario Bros. In middle school it was my trusted friend during the most awkward years of my life. In high school it became the old friend I'd come back to between skateboarding sessions. In college it helped me through the social anxiety of being around a whole bunch of people I didn't know. These days a TV is just a TV, but that damn Zenith was by my side from before I could walk to when I could barely walk from college debauchery.
RIP, my Zenith. 19XX - 200X(?)