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.

3 Ring Circus Rumpus Room

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There's just no way for me to discuss how great this room is without sounding envious. I may be 40, have my own place and a car that I can drive anywhere, but damn... I want a room that looks like a circus tent.

I'm not sure where this photo originated from. I don't think it's from a catalog as there's too much custom work going on here. My thinking is that it's a photo from a home improvement magazine, or a kid'sBar room ideabook. The canvas panels are a colorful way to separate this space from what I guess is the rest of the basement. The red & white fabric up top is camouflaging some ductwork, though I don't know if the local fire marshall would approve. Check out the pipe camouflaged as a giraffe's neck.

Are we thinking that this photo is from the 60s? The TV series "Mad Men" is re-educating people about the sheer amount of drinking that went on in certain crowds back then. Not surprising if even the kids have their own bar! Check out Buzzcut BIlly back there making time with one of the ladies over a mug of ice tea.

Okay, so I'm still a little jealous, but my feelings have subsided a bit since realizing that this isn't a page from some pie-in-the-sky rich kid catalog (I hope). I prefer to think of this as an ambitious project that is actually within reach of folks with a bit of ingenuityColor tv and a couple weekends to spare. What a great way to liven up an otherwise dead and useless space. The overall scheme is clever too with the little lion's cage above the bar, and the paper lanterns that are reminiscent of balloons. Check out the cute "peep show" sign over the color TV set.

Wait a minute. These 60s kids had their own color TV, and our family didn't get one til the mid 80s? I'm back to being mad again.


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