Sears Wishbook 1983: Who knew – Santa comes in different versions! Leave it to Sears to include a thoughtful comparison chart which lets you determine which jolly old Elf you can afford… Continue reading Here come Santa Clauses…from Sears
Is there an irony in using a printed catalog to promote computer games? From the 21st-century viewpoint, certainly yes. In 1984 Human Engineeered Software climbed to a peak from which there was nowhere to go but down…. Continue reading Into the Pit!
A new iPhone is being announced in a few weeks. It may cost close to $1000. A lot of money? Consider how much your iPhone does. Then consider just the function of video recording as it existed in 1984… Continue reading How to Shoot Video, 1984-style
It’s hard to appreciate how many modern conveniences, particularly of the electronic variety, began their lives so awkwardly. This Sears-Exclusive device brought closed-captioning to your existing TV for the not-insignificant price of $249… Continue reading At least 20 hours a week of captioned programs!
Radio Shack Computer Catalog, 1980. Oh sure, your iPhone or Galaxy is about a million times faster, and stores a several gazillion times more stuff, and has color displays and cameras and wireless connectivity and more apps installed than you can even remember , but you gotta start somewhere. And basically it started with this… Continue reading The Original Pocketable Computer
Styles come and styles go, and this bit of male fashion can stay gone. It’s hard to know what’s dated the worst: the embroidered-front knit shirt or the tight fringed denim shorts… Continue reading Shirts and Shorts for Contemporary Guys of 1980