Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Cadaco Mini Skee Ball

Skeeball_01 I've always liked mini versions of arcade gear, so here's a mini Skee Ball setup from Cadaco.  Cadaco is still around, manufacturing magic sets (designed by magician Marshall Brodien, no less...) and games.  There isn't a year imprinted on this toy, but I'm guessing it could anywhere from the 60's - 80's.  I recall lots of cheap-ish toys being revved up via day-glo colors from time to time.

It works pretty well.  You don't roll the ball yourself, instead you test your aim using a spring-loaded cannon to shoot the ball at the target.  I must be a Skee Ball whiz these days - at least when playing such a tiny version.  Now that I'm an adult this game seems a bit easier than I recall.  Ah, growing older and increased skill at baby sized carnival games sure can be bittersweet.

Sure it's a fun game, but this is also a sneaky way for me to introduce you to a great retro-sounding band from here in Chicago.  Skeeball_02J+J+J capture a great snapshot of 80's dance/techno without being slaves to that kind of sound - I'll write about them some more one of these days.  One of my favorite songs of theirs is "Skee Ball vs. The Mall", and yes - I listened to the tune while I was playing with the Cadaco Skee Ball.  If I were do both of things while at a mall I imagine that I'd explode or something.

"Skee Ball Vs. The Mall" - 2nd song down on their MySpace music player


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