When I was a kid their was nothing I liked more than a fat activity book to help pass the time. Whenever my family was a in a store, I would ask for one. So constant was my supply that even years later I find some that I did not complete. That was this case with the Halloween appropriate, Snoopy Spooky Giant Activity Book. Filled with puzzles and games, the Snoopy Spooky Giant Activity Book was loads of fun for young me and I thought since the book is hard to find, I would post some scans of some of the uncompleted puzzles, so that you could join in the fun this Halloween season.
As you might notice, even though I did not complete a puzzle, it did not mean I did not like to embellish the existing art on the page or add simple word bubbles. Enjoy.
Enjoy this great set of scans of a Commodore VIC 20 software pamphlet from the 1980s. Its a great snapshot of the beginning of a golden age of TV-based home computing. Check out some now legendary titles like Zork, Sargon and the Scott Adams Adventure Series. I was a big fan of both “Pirate Cove” and “The Count”
Enjoy this full color scan of the 1985 LEGO product catalog. Its amazing how unsophisticated the LEGO systems were compared to today’s sets. Still, thumbing through this catalog makes me want want the Space System.
When I was a kid. An honest to goodness retired IBM engineer and his wife moved in across the street from me. He and his wife were very nice to me, giving me toys on my birthday and overpaying me to wash their car in the summer. The engineer, Fred, would sit in a chair in the yard and tell me stories about computers and other technologies.
One late summer day while drying their Cadillac, Fred told me they were moving to Florida. It was a sad day. I helped them pack boxes and throw stuff out for the next month. The day before they left Fred gave me a box full of things he thought I should have. Amongst them was a pocket knife (which I still have on my desk), a slide rule and this IBM flowcharting template. I never heard from them again until I was much older and I got a letter from his wife. Fred had died. I think he would be happy to know that I chose a career in computers and that his stories had something to do with my choice. Its kind of a cool looking package, so I thought I would share.