[Coco] [Color Computer] Re: Sad News For Canadian's
dx375 at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 25 18:47:17 EDT 2005
Glen, Yep, the local RS's were quite popular....even back in the
early seventies when I was a teen...
Sure parts were expensive, but they were readily available at RS
ONLY where I lived...
Science Fair was great stuff, built my first regenerative Short Wave
Receiver back then...got me hooked on DX'ing....
CB was cool then and the Shack was the place to buy towers, roters,
antenna's, etc....most gone now or special order....
H3ll, they even sold Shure cartridges at a decent price (re-branded)
for your turntable....
During school break they would have the summer battery special where
you brought in an item adn they FILLED it with batteries...
Those were the days but I digress....
Then the Model 1 TRS appeared and the rest is history....!
We had a Tandy Computer Store here, "not" an RS Store, that's how
popular they were back then.....and owned most of the computer
The CoCo filled in nicely with the Extended Basic we ahd to learn in
college...the Commodores and Atari's Basic were too weak until MS
released MS Basic for the Atari 800XL......(one of my fav's)
I used to pick up the U.S. RS catalog in Watertown N.Y. every year
and marveled at what was available south of the border.....as
compared to up here.....
--- In ColorComputer at yahoogroups.com, "Glen VanDenBiggelaar"
<glenvdb at h...> wrote:
> I have to agree dave,
> If you were fortunate to be a teen in the '80s, The local Shack
was so much
> more than "just a store" in many ways it was a "first" computer
club and if
> you had a good owner that didn't chase the kids out, you got so
> there. From my first "Science Fair" project kit (i had many) to my
> supplies (engines and such) to our first remote control cars. If
you had a
> good owner, late at night, before the mall was closing, we would
> races with the trucks. We could actually play with the computers,
> Weekends we all would be huddled around the CoCo at the back,
> was demonstrating the latest games or software that they had
> All the free battieries, my god, sometimes those were the only
> the house. It was a hang out for kids, and that proved to be many
> the owner.
> >Never got any free batteries at the computer clubs I belonged
> >Cheers Dave
> >--- In ColorComputer at yahoogroups.com, James Dessart <james at s...>
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, 25 Apr 2005, Glen VanDenBiggelaar wrote:
> > >
> > > > We never had a Circut City here in Edmonton, but you are
> > > > just looks like another Future Shop/Best Buy store. But it
> > > > sad to see them go, they were an institution when I was
> > > > How many times my Mom was shopping at Safeway, and we (me
> > > > brother) ditched her to go see what was new at the Shack.
> > >
> > > On the other hand, it's just a company, and never had anyone's
> > > in mind but their own. Now something like a homebrew computer
> >club... that
> > > would be sad to see lost. :)
> > >
> > > James
> >Brought to you by the 6809, the 6803 and their cousins!
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