January 1954 Radio-Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Electronics,
published 1930-1988. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
My favorite of this collection
of vintage electronics-themed comics is the one from page 186. Watching someone
involuntarily jump from being pranked is great fun, and I'll admit to being easily
spooked by such actions. Stop me if I've told this story before, but back in my
electrician days in the 1970s (before enlisting in the USAF) we were always trying
to make each other jump from thinking something happened to cause a spark or some sort
of electrical noise. If you've ever heard the sound a screwdriver makes when accidently
bridging the main service bus and ground of a circuit breaker panel, then you know
it's not always the loud "buzz" you hear when a small arc is occurring. It sounds
like a hammer slammed against the wall (trust me, I know). One of the things we
liked to do, especially to the new guy, was while he was installing a switch or receptacle
into a wall box was to go on the other side of the wall and bang on it with a hand
or pair of lineman's pliers (in a manner that wouldn't harm the wall, of course).
The poor sap often would yell and fall backwards for fear that somehow the circuit
had been made live and he had shorted something out. We never did anything really
dangerous, though. It sure livened up an otherwise boring task. BTW, I've fallen
victim to that gag more than once.
Suggested, by Gerald Drew, Sacramento, Calif.
Suggested, by Gerald Drew, Sacramento 14, Calif.
"Now he's experimenting with painted circuits."
"I use that one to keep an eye on my tools."
Posted March 30, 2022