April 1967 Popular Electronics
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Here are a few
tech-themed comics from the April 1967 edition of Popular Electronics magazine depicting the perception
of techies during the era. As mentioned before, stereo equipment was a big deal
in the era, back before most people listened to music through ear buds attached
to smartphones. When in the USAF in the early 1980s, a sure sign of hipness was
to have 19" equipment rack in your barracks room, stuffed full with a
reel-to-reel tape deck, a high end AM/FM receiver ("tuner," to the audiophile),
power amplifier that could deliver at least 200 W per channel, a dual cassette
deck, turntable (referring to it as a "phonograph" revealed your squareness). Of
course no self-respecting stereo aficionado would be caught dead with an 8-track
tape deck in the rack. Things really haven't changed much when it comes to
serious audiophiles, except now a CD/DVD player will be included. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954
through April 1985 - a 31 year run. In January 1972,
World magazine was combined with Popular Electronics.
The Hobbyist ...as seen by Walt Miller
"Come on, Ed, I'll show you how to make an oscilloscope out of your TV set."
" ... and two 36-inch tweeters."
"It was a real buy ... 29 cents a pound."
"I'm getting closer to the trouble ... I've got it playing three minutes before
the fuse blows.
Posted May 13, 2019
(updated from original post on 7/18/2012)