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August 1959 Popular Electronics[Table 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 (if any) are hereby acknowledged.
Cornelius Cathode, electronics misfit,
Saved up his dough and bought him a kit,
Did away with instructions; "For beginners," said he,
"I know what I'm doing, just watch me and see."
He finished in jig time, plugged the thing in.
Smoke, fire and sparks burned off his smug grin.
Percival Prod paid no heed,
To where he placed the meter lead,
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 grounded.
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,
Never thought 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.