Understood. And most of the old commercial pilots I’ve known would like nothing more than to get their hands on a DC3.
I like the suggestion of the MG TC. I’m not entirely sure it was America’s introduction to sports cars, but it was one of the first popular roadsters. In the days after the War, at various times my folks had a Riley (which was run over by a milk truck) a TC, a TD, and a couple of Jags. (My Dad wasn’t rich, he was just really good at buying and selling. [;)]) I’m thinking that given that the TC was sold only in limited numbers in the U.S. and only in right-hand drive maybe the TD is more of the "standard" that is remembered?
I thought about it, but figured that I would leave room for discussion. A friend who knows, swears by the Macintosh amps. My ears are not good enough to tell the difference, but his are. He can talk all day about them. As far as the Microsoft O/S goes, you may be right. I should have left it out for the same reason that I skipped the DC3/C47/R4D/C117. The DC3 was popular, only because it was built in such numbers. The DC5 was a far better plane in almost every way, but when a war production decision had to be made, the DC5 was in limited, low volume production. The DC3 was a mature design, in full production, that was quickly ramped up to massive production. Like the MS OS, the DC3 became the standard, because it was by far the most used. Complicated, but FUN[:)]
the MG TC, America’s introduction to sports cars.
Smith & Wesson revolvers
Swiss army knives
Hemis, the old ones that is….
P-40s in AVG colors
Jaguar E-type drophead coupe, still the sexiest car on the road.
66 Shelby Cobra 427, a close second
the old aluminum "star" colanders – practical and a beautiful design too
*Ronald Regan: A message to terrorists everywhere: You can run, but you can t hide.
*Margaret Thatcher: We are determined to stand together, and we are determined to take action.
*Regan: We will not tolerate attacks from outlaw states.
*Regan: We, will not cave in.
*Reagan: Today we have done, what we had to do.
*Regan: They counted on America to be passive, they counted wrong.
Autocar trucks, Mack B model, Coke in a green glass bottle, Checker taxis, rare hamburgers.
A6M Zero fighter from Imperial Japan
IBM mainframe computers
Amen on that one. I love my old Grizzies.
The Marantz 8B amplifier and 7C preamplifier.
The (old) Large Advent loudspeakers.
The Douglas DC3.
The Great Wall of China.
Mercury Living Presence LPs.
Griswold cast iron cookware.
Warner Brothers cartoons.
Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Sluggers.
Wilson baseball gloves.
Offenhauser race engines.
Wow, David, impressive! I once had a summer job at IBM and the "Human Factors" department had me (and others) come in to test a new product — observing with clipboards and stopwatches to see how it worked for actual users. The project had some kind of code name. Turned out that it was the first IBM personal computer.
The internet began with ARPANET in 1969, a network under military, defense contractors and university doing defense contract work. Out of that came USENET in the late 70s serving the university community and later commercial ventures. There were other networks but for the general public Compuserve (actually created in 1969) in the early 80s might have been one of the earliest message boards accessible from home via dialup modem. Of course the idea of the personal computer did not come along until Bill Gates and IBM collaborated with DOS and a few others in the late 70s including Apple. I was on Compuserve and another competitor GEnie in 1984 at 512 baud and thought I was cookin’ with speed. I also connected to many local dial-up bulletin boards. It was expensive back then. Charges were around 15 cents per minute online as I remember. In 1987 Steve Case’s Quantum Computing Services teamed up with Apple to create Applelink Personal Edition for Apple II and Mac. Case started his online ventures in 1983 with Commodore computers. By 1989 APE morphed into AOL to embrace Windows computers. During the 80s there were other private dialup networks such as Prodigy. For us masses it was pretty much a dialup world until the Internet loosend in the early 90s to general public access. Usenet message groups were big then. My internet provider had over 30,000 to choose from on any subject. Yahoo Groups are kind of the equivalent today. Real explosion came with the advent of the HTML browsers about 1994. By 1996 I saw the handwriting on the wall with private networks like Compuserve and AOL. The world wide web was the future. Message boarding on the internet was clunky at first but now is rather sophisticated with several choices.
Ahhhh, it’s so refreshing to see that ship properly designated Bf instead of the oft mistaken ME.
And Davydd, I sometimes ponder the evolution of online message board communities. I have one message-board group that I consider to be among my best friends. My teenage son participates in a sports-related message board (on which I lurk) that makes me laugh out loud every day at the humor the regulars come up with. I have often wondered who came up with the concept of message boards (please don’t tell me Al Gore!) and what was the very FIRST message board and is it still in existence?
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