Category Archives: TRS-80

The Ad Game: Isaac Asimov and Some Fantastic Deals!

Isaac Asimov.  He was one of the most influential writers of our time, having written the Foundation series, along with other SF and non-fiction works, a list of which would be too exhaustive to repeat here.

He also knew a good deal when he saw one:

I have a feeling Mr. Asimov didn’t say all those things. It must be a weird thing for an ad copy writer to put words into the mouth of Isaac Asimov, but they give it the old college try here.  “An exciting entertainer”?  “Just one of many fine computers from Radio Shack”.  I also like him holding the joystick like someone just plopped it into his hand,  with a rictus grin thinking “What the heck is this thing?”.

But still, you have to take it from Isaac.

source: knmoor, via his flickr stream

1982 TRS-80 Product Catalog

Tandy’s TRS-80 computer, lovingly called the “Trash-80″ by aficionados, was an early home computer released in 1977, that same magical year that established the idea of computers in the home with the Commodore Pet and a little number called the Apple II.

Nothing quite gets the nostalgic fires burning as a product catalog.  So here we feature a link to a 1982 Radio Shack (owned by Tandy) catalog, profiling all the wonderful programs and games you could get for the system.  Not only is the content great, but the whole thing is presented in such a tactile way that your can almost feel your grubby hands sliding across the slick paper, drooling over the new games rolling in for your machine:

Click to see catalog

I also recommend checking out the whole site, Radio Shack Catalogs.  It is an astounding repository of promotional materials from Radio Shack’s history, and you can’t think of 70′s electronics without harkening back to the Shack.

source: tetujin via Reddit

TRS-80 image used in social media hooks from Easterbilby‘s flickr stream.