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February 1963 Popular ElectronicsTable 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 acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.
Remember tape recorders? They began going the way of the typewriter about two decades ago when solid state voice recorders hit the market, but now smartphones with sound recording have made even those devices seem outdated. In fact, when my daughter's house burned down a few weeks ago, all of the on-site conversations with the insurance adjuster, fire marshal, and housing contractors were recorded to ensure an accurate account of what was said by all parties. Even though I was 800 miles away at the time, I was still able to listen to the dialog. In North Carolina, law does not require you to apprise other parties taking part of the conversation that they are being recorded, so long as the person doing the recording is an active participant in the conversation (aka "one-party consent"). But I digress... back to the tape recorder era. These four comics were drawn by Mr. Bill Hutchinson for Popular Electronics back when not only were such devices still the only option for civilians, but they contained vacuum tubes to boot. Enjoy!
By Bill Hutchison
... then the Lone Ranger mounted his white horse ..."
... don't let anyone kid you; you are the brainiest executive this company, or any company, ever had ..."
"That is NOT my voice! You've .!!!! You've fiddled with those controls to make it sound awful."
"He read in POP'tronics about someone who recorded porpoises talking together."
Posted April 15, 2014