Old school Archive

A modern rebuild of the Radio Shack 150-in-One electronics kit

While looking into the Kano snap-together learning computer kit (Kickstarted in 2013, reviewed here last January) I got to thinking about Radio Shack’s classic, much-loved 150-in-One Electronics Kit, which occupied literal years of my time when I was a boy. That took me on a journey to Gareth Branwyn’s 2010 Make piece about scratch-building a replica, a project that seems to have either …

Lost in Space prop computer remake

Brian Mix shows off his replica Jupiter 2 computer, a remake based on the 1960s TV Lost in Space show — which was also used as the 1966 Bat Computer in the Batman TV show. The TV shows of the 1960s used surplus, 1950s-era Burroughs B205s whenever they needed something cool and blinkenlighty. Online prop fandom fetishizes them and trades plans …

Hugo Gernsback's introduction to the first issue of Amazing Stories, 1926

When Hugo “Award” Gernsback launched Volume 1, Number 1 of Amazing Stories in April, 1926, he created the first magazine in the world solely devoted to science fiction stories: on the magazine’s editorial page, Gernsback laid out his vision for the genre. Gernsback’s “scientifiction” (his coinage, later supplanted by variants like “science fiction” and “sci-fi”) traced its roots to Edgar Allen Poe, …

"Tellin The World" 1972 voting PSA aimed at 18-25 y/o working-class voters

Amy Sloper writes, “This is a really timely (while still feeling dated) voting PSA about the importance of tellin’ the world your opinion by voting.” It features an original theme song performed by Melissa Manchester with great lyrics, including: “Sooner or later the world moves in, it gives you a shove or a kick in the shin, asking brother who the …

RIP, MAD Magzines's Jack Davis

Davis had been with MAD since its first run in 1952, and his illustrations helped define the look of satirical art for generations. He died at age 91. Davis drew his last MAD cover in 1995, and his work has been frequently reprinted in the magazine to the present day. A spokesman for the magazine, which began …