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Tune In Tuesday: Transistors to Boombox to things in Ears!

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 2:40 PM

Good Afternoon Ginchers,

Time for Tune In Tuesday ... from transistors to boombox's to things in your ears!  One of the greatest inventions ever was the transistor radio, it was a machine we couldn't be without growing up in the 1950's.  It was the vehicle that connected us kids to the World, to the Universe, it painted us a picture of anything and everything we could not see or touch, it introduced us to our music, it gave us the weather, the news, sports ... well hell it was even a device to put some to sleep, it was viagra (need to use your imagination on that one) and brain candy all in one.  What could be better than being at Riverview pool, the old pool on the bend, down in the field behind the pool, where only the big kids went and the smell of suntan oil and towels on the ground each one with a transistor radio on them, and all tuned in to the same radio station ... get the picture?  There is no invention that could top the transistor radio ... until someone invented the Boombox.  It was louder, bigger, heavier ... you didn't need one on each towel at the pool ... many more could enjoy the better, more clear sound and it had a cassette player built in so you could set any mood you wanted...  now what could be better?  Well, introducing the Walkman, Portable cassette players, Cd players, MP3 Players ... and then, SMARTPHONES ... what could they possibly invent that was even better?  Well, I have been seeing all of these people recently running, exercising, walking driving, doing their homework, doing their jobs at work and they all have the same white dangly earing?  What the hell is this new fad?  Well ... my grandkids tell me it is a new listening device that has unbelievable quality and it plays music!  Sooo, we have come a long way since the 1950's with gadgets and listening devices.  We went from caveman to George Jetson in just a few years.  With all of this new technology life has become simpler and these new devices can get the information you need much faster, and the sound quality is so much better but, I still enjoy hearing the bacon frying when I play my old 45 RPM records and I love my old turquoise transistor radio with the cool leather case and the single ear phone.  I guess I'm just an old dog that doesn't want to learn new tricks!  Till tomorrow, stay safe, stay healthy, help a neighbor when you can ... and, GOD Bless!


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