From: Lars Chance on
theo wrote:
> On Apr 10, 4:56 am, Kevin Gleeson <kevinglee...(a)imagine-it.com.au>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:48:42 -0700 (PDT), theo
>
>>> You bloody cheapskate. I paid $920 for my first VCR, back when $920
>>> was a shitload of money (circa 1974, I think), It did come with three
>>> free blank tapes though, saving me $75.
>> Would have been later than 74 I reckon. Unless you were buying a
>> machine like a U-Matic. Can't be arsed googling it, but closer to
>> 76-77 I think. I started working at a TV station in 1979 and VHS or
>> Betamaxes were still quite rare then.
>
> I am a bit hazy about the date (it was the seventies, I wore flairs
> and platform shoes), but I do remember the pain of the price.
>
I was a late adopter!
I bought my first VCR in 1983 or early 1984. It was a VHS with a wired
remote (play stop pause) and mono sound but it had LONG PLAY. (Handy
when the tapes were so bloody expensive).
I think it came with 3 blank tapes too.

(I think I was still wearing flares then too!)


--
Elsie.
From: G-S on
Kevin Gleeson wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:48:42 -0700 (PDT), theo
> <theodoreb(a)bigpond.com.au> wrote:
>
>> On Apr 7, 9:27 am,
>> YnRAaHVtYmxldG93bi5vcmc=(a)REGISTERED_USER_usenet.com.au (BT Humble)
>> wrote:
>>> Marty H wrote:
>>>> BT Humble wrote:
>>>>> From that first link, check out the $7.2M pair of goggles. These days you
>>>>> can buy an auto-darkening welding helmet that does the same job for $100.
>>>> and here I was pissed that my first DVD player was worth $1600
>>> I waited to buy a DVD player until they were $200 (and it was a hella long
>>> wait, too!)
>> You bloody cheapskate. I paid $920 for my first VCR, back when $920
>> was a shitload of money (circa 1974, I think), It did come with three
>> free blank tapes though, saving me $75.
>
> Would have been later than 74 I reckon. Unless you were buying a
> machine like a U-Matic. Can't be arsed googling it, but closer to
> 76-77 I think. I started working at a TV station in 1979 and VHS or
> Betamaxes were still quite rare then.
>
> Kev

Our school had a mono video cassette recorder, top loading with
cartridges in the early? mid? 70's, can't remember the model but I've
got a feeling it was a Sony.

It cost about $6000 (which in todays money is probably about ten times
that).

It was mostly ignored by the drama department :)


G-S
From: G-S on
theo wrote:
> On Apr 10, 4:56 am, Kevin Gleeson <kevinglee...(a)imagine-it.com.au>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:48:42 -0700 (PDT), theo
>
>>> You bloody cheapskate. I paid $920 for my first VCR, back when $920
>>> was a shitload of money (circa 1974, I think), It did come with three
>>> free blank tapes though, saving me $75.
>> Would have been later than 74 I reckon. Unless you were buying a
>> machine like a U-Matic. Can't be arsed googling it, but closer to
>> 76-77 I think. I started working at a TV station in 1979 and VHS or
>> Betamaxes were still quite rare then.
>
> I am a bit hazy about the date (it was the seventies, I wore flairs
> and platform shoes), but I do remember the pain of the price.
>
> Theo

I remember the pain of the platform shoes... never try walking 10 mile
after your car breaks down in high platforms!


G-S
From: Kevin Gleeson on
On Sun, 11 Apr 2010 10:54:38 +1000, G-S <geoff(a)castbus.com.au> wrote:

>Kevin Gleeson wrote:
>> On Fri, 9 Apr 2010 09:48:42 -0700 (PDT), theo
>> <theodoreb(a)bigpond.com.au> wrote:
>>
>>> On Apr 7, 9:27 am,
>>> YnRAaHVtYmxldG93bi5vcmc=(a)REGISTERED_USER_usenet.com.au (BT Humble)
>>> wrote:
>>>> Marty H wrote:
>>>>> BT Humble wrote:
>>>>>> From that first link, check out the $7.2M pair of goggles. These days you
>>>>>> can buy an auto-darkening welding helmet that does the same job for $100.
>>>>> and here I was pissed that my first DVD player was worth $1600
>>>> I waited to buy a DVD player until they were $200 (and it was a hella long
>>>> wait, too!)
>>> You bloody cheapskate. I paid $920 for my first VCR, back when $920
>>> was a shitload of money (circa 1974, I think), It did come with three
>>> free blank tapes though, saving me $75.
>>
>> Would have been later than 74 I reckon. Unless you were buying a
>> machine like a U-Matic. Can't be arsed googling it, but closer to
>> 76-77 I think. I started working at a TV station in 1979 and VHS or
>> Betamaxes were still quite rare then.
>>
>> Kev
>
>Our school had a mono video cassette recorder, top loading with
>cartridges in the early? mid? 70's, can't remember the model but I've
>got a feeling it was a Sony.
>
>It cost about $6000 (which in todays money is probably about ten times
>that).
>
>It was mostly ignored by the drama department :)

Again, that sounds like a U-Matic. Developed by Sony, although there
was another format before that (again Sony) which eludes my memory at
the moment. And if it was only B/W then it actually does sound like
the one that preceded U-Matic. Now you mention it, I think my school
had one of them as well.

Kev
From: Fraser Johnston on

"George W Frost" <georgewfrost(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:xagun.17374$pv.11833(a)news-server.bigpond.net.au...

> That is fine Kev that all these discoveries have been made, but, I fail to
> see where it is going to benefit the population to know how the "Big Bang "
> happened and what they can do with the information, if ever they get it.
> I can understand electronic and mechanical inventions, but again, I fail to
> see the advantage of finding out what or how something happened several
> million years ago.

Hopefully it would help them to get over the whole "god" thing.

Fraser


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