David has a great post about RadioShack…
Recent news reports that Best Buy may acquire RadioShack have been causing me to reflect on the role “The Shack” played in my childhood, my interest in technology and radio, and how much they’ve changed in 40 years.
I sometimes like to joke that RadioShack was my first consulting client, but there’s an element of truth to that. In 4th grade every day after school I would walk over to my local RadioShack (on the corner of W Chapman Ave and Haster St in Anaheim) to spend an hour or more looking at their CB radios and other things I couldn’t begin to afford. The store manager finally got tired of wiping my fingerprints off his display cases and offered me a job delivering catalogs to the local neighborhood; paying me in store credit. After a strenuous week and a couple of spills on my bicycle (the catalogs were a lot heavier than the newspapers I was used to delivering) I was able to afford a real walkie-talkie; not one of those 100 mW Channel 14 toys I’d received for Christmas the year before but a REAL radio with channels and meaningful output power. I didn’t stop hanging around the RadioShack (because there were always more catalogs to deliver) but I felt like I was part of the store family.
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