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2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed
formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit
design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at
the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps
while typing up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Whenever I see advertisements for electronics
training courses, I think of the line in "Duel in the Snow, or, Red Ryder Nails
the Cleveland Street Kid," where it mentions how during the
years the magazines were filled with ads "promising successful careers repairing
radios." That story, which ultimately became the book and movie A Christmas Story, was
contained in Gene Shepherd's book "In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash."
Jean Shepherd was a radio announcer and story teller who first read "A Christmas Story," on his WOR (New York
City) show in 1970.
You can listen to a 1974 broadcast in the YouTube video embedded below. This
reading is slightly different than the one given to me by a guy who actually recorded
it on tape during the very first reading on Christmas Day 1970, when he was living
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Jean Shepherd reading "A Christmas Story"
Posted December 24, 2020(original 8/23/2016)
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