Forrest Mims showing how he made Getting Started in Electronics
Many of us grew up learning about electronics from Forrest M. Mims classic book Getting Started in Electronics. Since the demise of Radio Shack, we’ve been glad to see his work revived through Circuit Classics.
Here Forrest describes the tools he used to hand-draw each and every page of Getting Started in Electronics, including pages from the originals:
A stencil and an eraser are important are for getting every detail just right in a hand-drawn book!
His subsequent book, The Engineer’s Notebook, was hand-inked in India Ink on mylar transparencies
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Radio Shack isn’t dead. Just has a greatly reduced number of stores. Cool story. Love Mr. Mims and all the inspiration he’s had!
This was my first official book on electronics I bought back in the 80’s. What a great book. and what a place Radio Shack was for us early maker folks. If only they could have transitioned into the hackerspace they should have. One in every town would have been a great place to get together, work on projects, use 3d printers, etc.
Forrest Mims was a great resource for all of us and made Radio Shack great in the day.