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The Eagles' Joe Walsh: "I'm an Analog Guy"
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Joe Walsh "Member Highlight" in December 2023 QST magazine (p13)

Each month, the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL's) QST magazine runs a feature called "Member Spotlight." Usually, the person being paid homage is a non-celebrity who has done remarkable work to promote Ham radio. Occasionally, a well-known celebrity type gets the honor, as is the case with the December 2023 issue's personality, Joe Walsh (WB6ACU), who has been the lead guitarist with the Eagles rock band since the mid-1970s. Joe earned his license waaaay back in the year 1960, when Morse code proficiency was a requirement. In the articles he states, "I'm an analog guy. I like knobs more than a mouse." Many older Hams share the sentiment.

 Having spent my teenage years in the 1970s, I am of course very familiar with the Eagles and the name Joe Walsh. Don Henley, though, is probably the name most associated with the Eagles.

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Joe Walsh: "Analog Man" album cover

Joe Walsh Lyrics "Analog Man"

Welcome to cyberspace, I'm lost in the fog.
Everything's digital I'm still analog.
When something goes wrong
I don't have a clue.
Some 10-year-old smart ass has to show me what to do.
Sign on with high speed you don't have to wait.
Sit there for days and vegetate I access my email, read all my spam, I'm an analog man.

The whole world's living in a digital dream.
It's not really there.
It's all on the screen makes me forget who I am.
I'm an analog man.

Yeah I'm an analog man in a digital world.
I'm gonna get me an analog girl
Who loves me for what I am.
I'm an analog man.

What's wrong with vinyl, I think it sounds great.
LPs, 45s, 78s but that's just the way I am.
I'm an analog man.

Turn on the tube, watch until dawn.
One hundred channels, nothing is on.
Endless commercials, endless commercials, endless commercials.

The whole world's glued to the cable TV.
It looks so real on the big LCD.
Murder and violence are rated PG.
Too bad for the children.
They are what they see.

The whole world's living in a digital dream.
It's not really there.
It's all on the screen.
Makes me forget who I am.
I'm an analog man.

Yeah I'm an analog man in a digital world.
I'm gonna get me an analog girl
who loves me for what I am.
I'm an analog man.

Yeah I'm an analog man in a digital world.

Other celebs who, possibly unknown to you, are/were amateur radio operators include Russkie cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (UA1LO) and many U.S. and other countries' astronauts, commie sympathizer Walter Cronkite (KB2GSD), Marlon Brando (FO5GJ), Priscilla Presley (NY6YOS), Tim Allen (KK6OTD), radio host Jean Shepherd (K2ORS, A Christmas Story), Barry Goldwater (K7UGA), Jeana Yeager (KB6LQR), and Dick Rutan (KB6LQS). Musicians who share Joe Walsh's love of Ham radio are Burl Ives (KA6HVA), Chet Atkins (WA4CZD), Ronnie Milsap (W4WRO, blind), Donnie Osmond (WD4SKT), and Jim Croce (WN30QW)*.

Joe Walsh has cut a couple solo albums aside from the Eagles works. His latest is entitled "Analog Man," which happens to also be the title of one of the featured songs (see lyrics to the right). Sure, it sounds a lot like an "old guy" rant, but hey, he's an old guy (as am I, BTW).

The ARRL teams up with Joe Walsh to produce a few Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to promote various aspects of the hobby, including education, public service, and international goodwill. Use of the PSA material is encouraged and requires only notifying of your intention to air it prior to doing so.

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Getting back to the "Analog Man" album, Joe comments, "I have tried to write about the world as I see it... There are two worlds now -- digital and the old world, analog. For a lot of us, we've had to make adjustment. I'm concerned that there's no time in digital. It's frozen. When you come out of a digital experience, it's three days later and you have a beard. Every kid under twelve can land the space shuttle, but nobody can read." Well said, and I would add, can't do anything "real" like work on a car engine, build a wall, or cut down a tree!

* Here's a huge list of celebrity Hams.



Posted November 20, 2023

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