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Unpopular Electronics
August 1959 Popular Electronics

August 1959 Popular Electronics

August 1959 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.

You would be hard pressed to find an electronics magazine today that included poetry as part of its typical features. I have published pages from the ARRL's QST magazine from the 1940s that had poems. Of course, the theme of the poems is almost always humor or parody, but poetry was not an unknown / unpracticed art by the general populace as it appears to be today. Anyway, enjoy the jovial rhymes here from the August 1959 Popular Electronics.

See Carl Kohler's "Dig That Reel Flat Response," "I Married a Superheterodyne," "Unpopular Electronics," "Operation Chaos," "Thin Air, My Foot," "High Tide in the Tweeter," "The R/C Cloud," "Hi-Fi Guest List," "Kool-Keeping Kwiz ," "Boner Box," and "McWatts."

Unpopular Electronics

Poems by Saunder Harris

Cartoons by Carl Kohler

Electronics poem #1 from 1959 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe
Cornelius Cathode, electronics misfit,
Saved up his dough and bought him a kit,
Did away with instructions; "For beginners," said he,
"I know what I'm doing, just watch me and see."
He finished in jig time, plugged the thing in.
Smoke, fire and sparks burned off his smug grin.
Electronics poem #2 from 1959 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe
Percival Prod paid no heed,
To where he placed the meter lead,
To where he set the meter switch,
Red or black, no matter which.
Now pity poor Perc who repents his sin,
With the meter needle wrapped 'round the pin.
Unpopular Electronics from 1959 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe
Electronics poem #3 from 1959 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe
Timothy Twerp was most astounded,
When what he thought was-WASN'T grounded.
In fact, one could say, he was really transfixed
With his thumb on pin 3 of a live 6L6.
Electronics poem #4 from 1959 Popular Electronics - RF Cafe
A wizard at wireless named Wallace McGee,
Never thought he'd be caught by the old FCC;
But to his surprise, they received him quite well.
Unlicensed, his choice was a fine or a cell.

Here are a few other electronics-themed poems:

 • "Power Supply," by Eileen Corridan

 • "Ravin," by Meyer Dolinko

 • "Pre-Radio," by Simpson Sasserath

 • "A Radioman's Nightmare," by Editor, QST

 • "Unpopular Electronics," by Saunder Harris

 • "More 'Tower' to You," by David Moore



Posted January 23, 2012