So Many Memories
Posted on: May 6, 2005 8:07 PM
When my dad got a job as an engineer for GE, he started to bring home all kinds of neat toys for me to play with. How he'd knew I'd end up becoming a technophile at such a young age is beyond me. There's so many to name that were my favorite. Sit back and recall the memories of your childhood electronics with me.
My first computer was a K28 Talking Computer. I forget who manufactured it, but I remember when I started the brick-like unit, it would say K-2-8. AC-TI-VATE. However, it's activating days were soon over when my older brother ran water over it in the bathtub one night to see if it would float. Imagine the horror of coming and seeing your first CPU in a tub of running water saying K....2...8.... before radically changing its pitch and then dying.
It did float, though.
My mother, not one to skimp on the gadgets either, brought this 10-pound Texas Instruments Teaching Calculator, which was basically, a TI calculator mounted atop an LED box with a front screen. Sure, seeing the numbers come up as big as my hand was exciting at first, but not as much fun as trying to make up words that appeared when you looked at it upside down. I even made a story with one, grab a calculator and follow along:
There was 1 girl who was 16 years old and did it 69 times (hit the multiplication key) with 3 men, and this is what she was.
Flip your calculator over.
Next was my Talking Whiz-Kid, which had these little cartridges you put in the sides which had different activities and stories on them. My dad only bought me one cartridge, though, so the replay value diminished after then until I broke it open with a hammer to see how it worked. "No more electronics for you," he'd say. And he stayed true to his word. My grandmother went behind his back and bought me a Laser 2000 computer system complete with printer. I stared at that one-line screen and fooled around on it until I sold it at the flea market for $20.
In third grade, I was introduced to the Apple IIe and games like "Oregon Trail" and "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?". I also started learning BASIC around this time and toyed around with making programs and even some computer graphics.
Best I could muster was a rocket ship that had USA on it.
When I started fourth grade, I had graduated from BASIC to DOS when our school finally received decent PCs. On the homefront, my brother and I were the first in the neighborhood to have a Nintendo Entertainment System. Soon, I was the king of the neighborhood, trouncing my peers in Pro Wrestling and defeating the champ in Mike Tyson's Punch Out! My brother and I had started to collect all the necessities; an NES MAX controller, a Power Glove and R.O.B., the lovable chip-stacking robot creation of Professor Hector. We even had subscriptions to the Nintendo Fun Club, the Nintendo Power predecessor.
And for +1 in geek cred, I still remember my old membership number (025252303) and have the last issue of Nintendo Fun Club in near mint condition.
Ah...those were the days.