Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
I see advertisements for electronics training courses, I think of the line in "Duel in the Snow, or,
Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid," where it mentions how during the
Great Depression years
the magazines were filled with ads "promising successful careers repairing radios." That story, which
ultimately became the book and movie A Christmas Story, was contained in Gene Shepherd's book In God We Trust:
All Others Pay Cash. Jean Shepherd was a radio announcer and story teller who first read "A Christmas Story," on his WOR (New York City) show in 1970.
You can listen to a 1974 broadcast in the YouTube video embedded below. This reading is slightly different
than the one given to me by a guy who actually recorded it on tape during the very first reading on
Christmas Day 1970, when he was living in NYC.
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