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.
August 1959 Popular Electronics
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
See Carl Kohler's "The Great Electron-Pedantic Project," "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."
Poems by Saunder Harris
Cartoons by Carl Kohler
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.
paid no heed,
To where he placed the meter lead,
To where he set the meter switch,
black, no matter which.
Now pity poor Perc who repents his sin,
With the meter needle wrapped
'round the pin.
was most astounded,
When what he thought was-WASN'T grounded.
In fact, one could say, he was
With his thumb on pin 3 of a live 6L6.
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.
Posted January 23, 2012