There are few things I love in life more than Steve McQueen movies. And there's nothing else out there that sounds like analog synthesizer music. So when my Giz coworker Andrew Liszewski turned me on to this TRS-80 music video combining the two, I couldn't take my eyes or ears off it.
35 years ago today, at a press conference held inside New York City's Warwick Hotel, Radio Shack unveiled in TRS-80 personal computer, Model I, arguably once of the most import gadgets to be born in the latter half of the 20th century.
For me it was the Radio Shack TRS-80. (My family had every model up to the 4P.) Trying to load tapes to watch a little ASCII man dance in a proto-Dance Dance Revolution? Music, games, synthesis, tinkering—I was hooked.
Even back then, there were computers for people who couldn't afford the more expensive stuff. Take this Tandy, which costs little more than a upgraded Netbook today. From Core Memory, photographed by Mark Richards and written by John Alderman.