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.

1986 Zenith Color Portable TV - In Yucky Mauve!

Whenever my friends remember their lives in the 80's, they talk about MTV and bright colored futurist fashions, New Wave music, and the like. They seem to forget that the 80's were responsible for a lot of stuff that's not much fun at all like Paula Abdul (though her egomanical ravings these days are a guilty pleasure), Reaganomics, and lots of mauve... yes mauve.

For a while in the mid to late 80's it seemed like every institution I went into was splashed with mauve and grey - sometimes with brass appointments yet! I had never had an emotion about mauve before, but the mid 80's overexposure did it to me... I now hate mauve. Even consumer electronics of the time couldn't escape the creeping mauve.  I had a friend with a walkman and boombox steeped in mauveness, but who could have predicted a mauve TV! 

Channel_panelThis Zenith TV is a stylish & compact 10 inch cube. The 9" CRT display is color, of course, though by now you probably sense that I wish it had one less color on it. The TV has a slick hidden handle, remote controlled digital tuner (still not totally common by the mid 80's), and remains a fine monitor for a classic Atari session today. One inch high LED's display the channel number - high tech aesthetic back then, annoying in a dark room now.

It's easy to forget how good the color can be on an older set. I hooked the Zenith up to one of those new digital decoder boxes, and got a lovely broadcast picture. Maybe if I keep my eyes on the TV show instead of the Zenith cabinet, I'll be able to bear to have the mauve mini-monstrocity in my house.

So whether you call it "dusty rose", or pronounce it the many ways people seem to, it's still just a pig-colored pigment to me. I like the TV too much to throw it out, it would just look so much slicker in any other color. Now... where's my taupe spray paint?


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