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.

Space 1999 Toys

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Gerry Anderson is a famous TV producer who created legendary marionette TV shows in the 50's and 60's.  These shows were seen around the world, and are still memorable thanks to the sophistication of the marionettes, the dazzling effects, and a bevy of marvelous vehicles.

Anderson tried his hand at live-action sci-fi aimed at adults, the most notorious of these being Space:1999.  Never letting the science get in the way of the fiction, the much derided Space:1999 has often been blamed for the death of television sci-fi until the mid 80's.  Some of the confusion over the show's intended audience stems from Anderson's reputation as a children's TV producer, and like with any other Anderson production there was a raft of kid's merchandise.

Above you can see both a wrist AM radio and a loudspeaker, neither of which appeared in the series of course.  Below are two definite stars of the show; the magnificent Eagle spaceships.  The Eagles were made by Dinky Toys, a company with a great reputation for creating great toys.  I remember seeing and playing with these as a boy at Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago (a surprise to have such expensive toys within arm's reach of children), and they were terribly fun.  Lots of moving parts, detachable modules - even a magnet on a winch for picking up barrels of nuclear waste.

1999_toys_02How many children were inspired to launch a career as a moon-hauling nuclear garbage collector after playing with these toys based on a rather ponderous and confused TV show for adults?  Probably not many, but I have to admit that if you still have any of these toys, I am deeply envious... but not as envious of those who may still have the Dinky Enterprise.  More about that later...


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