would be hard pressed to find an electronics magazine today that included
poetry as part of its typical features. I have published pages from
magazine from the 1940s that had poems. Of course, the theme of the
poems is almost always humor or parody, but poetry was not an unknown
/ unpracticed art by the general populace as it appears to be today.
Anyway, enjoy the jovial rhymes here from the August 1959 Popular Electronics.
August 1959 Popular Electronics
of Contents] People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about
and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics
was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby
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Poems by Saunder Harris
Cartoons by Carl Kohler
Cornelius Cathode, electronics misfit,
Saved up his dough
and bought him a kit,
Did away with instructions; "For beginners,"
"I know what I'm doing, just watch me and see."
He finished in jig time, plugged the thing in.
fire and sparks burned off his smug grin.
Percival Prod paid no heed,
To where he placed the meter
To where he set the meter switch,
Red or black,
no matter which.
Now pity poor Perc who repents his sin,
With the meter needle wrapped 'round the pin.
Timothy Twerp was most astounded,
When what he thought was-WASN'T
In fact, one could say, he was really transfixed
With his thumb on pin 3 of a live 6L6.
A wizard at wireless named Wallace McGee,
he'd be caught by the old FCC;
But to his surprise, they
received him quite well.
Unlicensed, his choice was a fine
or a cell.