These three electronics-themed comics appeared
in the November 1948 issue of Radio & Television News magazine. You
don't need to be of the era in order to appreciate the humor, but Millennials might
need a little assistance with the second one. That contraption sitting the desk
is called a "turntable," and it used to play platter-shaped audio media called "records"
by spinning them at a certain rate (33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm),
while that horizontal lever called a "tone arm" held a piezoelectric needle in the
grooved tracks of the record. The joke here is the guy having to spin his head while
trying to read the printed label. I'm just joshing the Millennials†, of course,
since they use spinning disks called CDs and DVDs for listening to music - or do
they? Is everyone now using solid state drives in tablets and smartphones for storing
music? Oh shoot, the 8-track player is dragging on my "Jim Croce - His Greatest
Hits" tape - back in a minute...
† Actually, a lot of Millennials are big fans of vintage vinyl and many have
impressive collections of not just records, but vintage stereo gear that would be
the envy of lots of people my age.
"Something is wrong!"
"The name of the selection now playing is . . . . !"
"I lifted a lot of things in my life - But this is the last
time I handle hot radios!"
Posted July 28, 2022
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