"" Writer's Wanderings: Flashback Friday - Pittsburgh 1986

Friday, December 04, 2015

Flashback Friday - Pittsburgh 1986

Call it a return to youth. Call it a resurrected hobby. Call it coping with retirement. Bob has started back into ham radio. He's been buying old sets and restoring them hopefully to resell and got his license back to go on air and is working toward getting his old call letters again.

The last purchase he made found him driving to Pittsburgh to save shipping charges. (When you're retired you do things like that.) When he returned home, he unpacked all the equipment and found in the bottom of one of the boxes an old newspaper from October of 1986. It's always fun to look back.

Amazingly just as all the news coverage lately has been centered around the Middle East and Syria, so were the headlines back then twenty-nine years ago. And it was over a suspected act of terrorism.

On the lighter side, one of my favorite movies was playing in the theaters--Crocodile Dundee. Paul Hogan is right up there just below Sean Connery as one of my all time favorites. Of course now they're a lot older but then so am I.

The Red Sox were playing the Mets in the World Series. The article says the Mets needed two wins to stay alive. Spoiler alert: the Mets won!

A Sony auto-reverse AM/FM stereo cassette recorder/player was selling for $77. A Sharp VHS video cassette recorder for $239. And record firms were fighting the digital world as the digital audio tape looked to be the new approach to recording and playback.

Always fun to look back.

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