Special Episode: Holiday Memories

Just about everyone has that special memory of gifts received during the holiday season. In this episode, we present to you a collection of self described experiences detailing such holiday memories. Included in the mix are memories from our listeners, along with memories from fellow podcasters. The following people have made a contribution to this show:

  • Mark Greentree and Kevin Allder – from the Geekiest Show Ever podcast tell us about their holiday computer gifts. Mark got a Mac LC 575 and Kevin received an Atari 2600 game console.
  • Mike Whalen – another listener and friend of the show, you can also hear him along with Jeff on a Vintage Volts episode. He received GEOS for the Commodore 64 one year.
  • Paul Hagstrom – one of the cohosts of the Retro Computing Roundtable tells us about his family receiving an Apple II+ during the holiday season.
  • Paul Nurminen – Known online as Nurmix… is the creator and one-third of the host collective responsible for bringing you The Intellivisionaries Podcast. Paul talks about vicariously enjoying an Atari 400 computer that his neighbor friend received for Christmas 1982.
  • The Retroist – Super thanks to him as the inspiration for this special. His Halloween specials were the inspiration for this Christmas / Holiday special. Please enjoy his own contribution here, as he talks about receiving a Commodore VIC-20. You should also check out his blog and podcast at retroist.com
  • Rob O’Hara – a.k.a. “Flack” of the You Don’t Know Flack podcast, adds the TRS-80 to the list of Christmas memories. Rob is also a founder of the “Throwback Network” of retro themed podcasts.
  • John Leake – cohost of the long-running RetroMacCast podcast tells us about the Christmas of 1983 when he received a very special gift, a Vectrex video game system, just for him!
  • Syd Bolton – Syd is someone who had a rather unique privilege of working in a computer store at age 16 in 1987. He could probably recreate in detail a full replica of that computer store with the collection of computers he has at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. For this show special, he talks about the some of the thoughts a mid 1980’s computer salesman might have had, considering the distinctiveness of personal computers back in the day.

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Please have a happy holiday of your choice… and keep your old computer out of the cold!


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