April 1970 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Wind down the week with
these four electronics-themed comics from a 1970 issue of
Radio-Electronics magazine. As mentioned before, radio and television
technology was a big deal in the era. People hadn't been born into a world of
transistorized microcircuit media devices that perform nearly every conceivable
function - phone, TV, radio, computer, heart rate monitor, voice recorder,
remote control, camera, compass, game, social media, etc., etc., etc. Unlike
today's electronics products that typically don't break with normal use and do
not require periodic alignment, folks from my demographic were used to turning
on a TV or radio and having to readjust it or have it repaired. These comics
reflect that time in history. Of course artist Marvin Townsend adds humor to the
situation. I got a good laugh at the ones on pages 16 and 22.
"Why yes! I'm sure I can clear up this fuzzy picture. Got a
pair of scissors?"
"It shouldn't take you long to fix it. Orville has already
disassembled most of it for you."
"Wait'll you hear this! 14 woofers, 16 mid-range speakers,
12 low-range speakers, 8 high-frequency whizzers, 10 tweeters, 2 treble horns ..."
Posted April 26, 2019