Category: Back in My Day

Color me recycled 0

Color me recycled

I was going through some stuff in the garage, and I found this McNeilus garbage truck coloring book. What happened was, when I was working ordering parts for a Waste Management repair garage, I...

Don’t throw the radio in the river 0

Don’t throw the radio in the river

My dad bought this model GE radio for my mom, I think for their anniversary? They were listening to it at the breakfast table, it woke me up so I got the treat of...

Mt. St. Helens ash? Or just fireplace sweepings? 0

Mt. St. Helens ash? Or just fireplace sweepings?

Today is the 39th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, May 18th 1980. I was just 20 then, and barely noticed the ash fall; I lived and worked in the gritty industrial...

Ethyl has gas. 0

Ethyl has gas.

Used to be some gasoline had a proprietary antiknock compound in it called “Ethyl”. If I had been old enough to be a gas station attendant back then, and if someone asked for the...

The Future is now, sort of. 0

The Future is now, sort of.

The February, 1956 edition of Town Journal magazine predicted cars would be controlled by devices embedded in the pavement. They didn’t see the advances in optics and electronics enabling self-driving cars to use any...

QFC King deposed? 0

QFC King deposed?

This ad from a Dec. 1963 “Prudence Penny” insert in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer indicates that this is the first Christmas for the little QFC king. For all I know, it may have been his...

Happy to be playing again 0

Happy to be playing again

I got caught up in bidding frenzy and wound up buying this old Zenith Trans-Oceanic at the Saturday auction for forty bucks. I figured to put a kit in that bypasses the old capacitors...