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.

The Year That Was

Hoot portrait It’s been a tremendously fun year here on Retro Thing. Our little site served up 2,203,615 pages of content in 2007, which amazed us to no end. We were also stunned by the number of people who discovered Retro Thing via links to classic posts such as our ode to Orbitz soft drinks, Marx plastic presidents or a look at affordable record turntables that we published several years ago.

Another way to join in the fun is by adding your own words in the “comments” section of each post. We love it when we spark a long forgotten memory, and we also appreciate that our readers are a savvy group who don’t pull any punches. John responded to James' Top 20 Retro Cars list by declaring, "Those cars suck, you have extremely bad taste.  Why would you put a gremlin and a bug over a 57 bel air or 32 ford?"

Jamesportrait Bohus was recently confronted by a expert when he mistakenly referred to a ceramic planter in the shape of a vintage phonograph as a Victrola, "Although the planter is an artist's interpretation of an early external horn disc phonograph and doesn't accurately resemble anything actually manufactured, it would be more properly referred to as a Victor."  We appreciate you keeping us on our toes.

Our site grows by word of mouth, so next time you read a post you like, how about emailing the link to a friend who might enjoy it too – or tell someone about our site next time the conversation drifts to records with animated cartoons built in or the Atari 2600.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for their help behind the scenes (don’t forget that if you’ve got a product that Retro Thing readers should know about, drop us a line!), the folks in the media who have interviewed us for stories, but most of all thanks to you out there for making it all worthwhile.

We're excited about what 2008 has to offer and hope you'll accompany us on the adventure - James & Bohus

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