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Kid of the 80s

Do you remember Crazy Eddie’s “Insane” commercials?

Crazy Eddie was a chain of retail stores located in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, which also sold by telephone. At its height, Crazy Eddie had 43 stores in the chain, and earned more than $300 million in sales.

Crazy Eddie was started during 1971 in Brooklyn, New York by businessmen Eddie Antar and Sam M. Antar as ERS Electronics, named after Eddie, his cousin and partner Ronnie Gindi, and Eddie’s father Sam.

Involved in fraudulent business practices, Eddie Antar resigned from the company in December 1986. Crazy Eddie’s board of directors lost control of the company in November 1987. The entire Antar family was immediately eliminated from the business. The new owners quickly discovered the true extent of the Antar family’s fraud, but were unable to stop Crazy Eddie’s decreasing fortunes. In 1989, the company declared bankruptcy and was liquidated.

Kid of the 80s

trs-80-model3

Check out this page from a 1981 Radio Shack computer catalog.

The TRS-80 Model III came equipped with 4K of RAM for the price of $699. For an extra 300 bucks, you could upgrade to 16K.

The TRS-80 Model III “Starter System” ($997.90) included the basic system with printer and a cassette recorder to “store and retrieve you own written programs.”

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Kid of the 80s

glow-sticks

We loved to take our glow sticks camping and trick-or-treating… and years later to our first concert.

Glow sticks give off light when two chemicals are mixed. The sticks consist of a tiny, brittle container within a flexible outside container. Each container holds a different solution. When the outer container is flexed, the inner container breaks, allowing the solutions to combine, causing the necessary chemical reaction. After breaking, the tube is shaken to thoroughly mix the two components.

According to The Guinness Book of Records, the world’s largest glow stick is 8 feet 4 inches tall. It was built and illuminated at the opening ceremony of the second Bang Face Weekender in Camber Sands, East Sussex, England on April 24, 2009.

Kid of the 80s

laser-tag

We were the first to play laser tag. Star Trek Electronic Phasers were released in 1979 by the South Bend Electronics brand of Milton Bradley.

This toys were among the first to use the light-detecting technology that later came into prominence with the laser tag craze. The phasers also had sound chips in them that gave off phaser blast, ricochet and explosion sound effects.

In 1986, the first Photon toys hit the market, nearly simultaneously with the Lazer Tag toys from Worlds of Wonder and several other similar infrared and visible light-based toys. Worlds of Wonder went out of business around 1988, and Photon soon followed in 1989, as the fad of the games wore off.

Kid of the 80s

sholky

The Yamaha SHS-10 was released in 1987. Although we couldn’t play a musical instrument, we still wanted one.

The Yamaha SHS-10 was known in Yamaha’s native country, Japan, as the Yamaha Sholky… derived from “shoulder keyboard”.

The Sholky had a small-sized keyboard with 32 minikeys, a pitch-bend wheel, vibrato and sustain buttons and an internal frequency modulation synthesizer offering 25 different voices and a basic chord sequencer.

The SHS-10 was manufactured in grey, red and black. The demo on the keytar was an arrangement of Wham!’s “Last Christmas”.