My daughter is studying the American Revolution in her fifth grade class, and learned some colonial-era folk dances from a woman who visited their classroom. To accompany the dancing, the visiting instructor brought a record player. It was the first record player my daughter had ever seen!
Which started me thinking about the fold-up portable RCA stereo record player I had in high-school. It was very cool, and I took it with me when I left for college. It did duty long after college too, because I remember it in Z�rich, where I worked for a few years in my early twenties.
The RCA stereo was approximately the same size as my first home computer I purchased many years later: one of the very first Compaq portable computers. It had two floppies (no hard drive) and ran the MS-DOS operating system. It must have weighed about thirty pounds; certainly not very portable by today’s standards!
Okay … I’m back… I was gone with the memories of my youth, but I’m back now.