I recently mentioned on the Retroist that it’s hard to explain what kinds of records I collect, only that “I know it when I see it.” When I saw this one, I knew it. From 1977 this is the “Stereo Music Demonstration Record,” recorded by Capitol Records for Radio Shack as a hi-fidelity demonstration record. I’ve heard about this record but had never seen one before, and I’m having a tough time finding out much information about it on the internet. I’m not sure if these were sold, used in stores to demonstrate stereo equipment, or possibly both.
For being 35 years old, the record itself was in very good condition and still plays great. If any of my friends who have only been exposed to mono music come over to visit, I will be sure to put this record on the turntable and wow their ears off with the multiple tracks of stereo music contained on this record.
Earlier today (April 23, 2011), I was going through old photos while visiting my parent’s house. I came across a photo of myself holding a gift I received for my birthday in early December of 1987. It is a toy robot from Radio Shack called Robie Junior. I took this thing everywhere I went. Loved it. In fact, I still do. It is one of a handful of toys I have kept since I was a child. So, I had my fiance take a photo of me with it this evening, almost 24 years later. And if you’re wondering, it still works. If you want more information about Robie Junior, go here.
I used to wait for the TV commercials heralding the arrival of the NEW RADIO SHACK CATALOGS (usually some time in the fall) which would usually have a coupon for a free plastic 4 or 5 cell D-battery flashlight. My friend Tad and I would ride our bikes to the store, get the Flashlight and the Catalog. The guys in the store viewed us as annoying kids, but what they didn’t realize was that by being nice to us, they were creating Radio Shack fans for life. A little short-sighted, but they were on commission, so I guess we were still just annoying kids.
The 1980 catalog has a TRS-80- computer for on $499.95. HUZZAH!
When I was a kid, the store I wanted to go to most for electronic goodies was Radio Shack. These days, I regard that place as the “the odd wire adapter store”. The place that has the hard to find accessories, but back in the 1980’s, they had radio control cars, robots, and even computers. You can get a “Color Computer 2” for under a hundred bucks (on sale)!