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An Early Influence...

Post by koimaster » January 13th 2020, 10:29am

The month was November, the year 1970, when I wandered into a drug store and happened upon the new December issue of Popular Science in the magazine rack. The cover photo took my breath away -- an assortment of complicated watches, staring back at me. The cover story: "Those Wild Watches with the Built-In Brains." I bought the magazine, took it home, and plunged into the article, devouring the various descriptions of these watches that did so much more than simply tell the time. I had just started high school then. It was a time before the advent of personal computers, smart phones, i-this and i-that. For that matter, even pocket calculators were only just starting to make an appearance. So, in that era, these watches seemed nothing short of miraculous to me -- sophisticated tools that one could strap to the wrist, and an endless source of fascination.

Truth be told, in thinking back on it, that article really gave birth to my interest in watches, and it probably explains why I have always been drawn to watches that do a bit more than simply tell the time. That Christmas saw the appearance of my first "serious" watch -- a Clebar chronograph. I just couldn't take my eyes off of it -- I felt like a million bucks, knowing that one of these special watches was now on my own wrist. I was on Cloud 9.

Incredibly, all these years later, I have been able to time travel back to that magazine rack, thanks to The Google. Thought I'd share a virtual copy here, for anyone who might care to take a peek

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Re: An Early Influence...

Post by Falstaff » January 14th 2020, 10:59am

conjurer wrote:
January 13th 2020, 9:44pm
Interestingly, when I was young I used to buy and devour magazines, but they had nothing to do with watches.

Well, they are a good source of fiber.
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Post by ocean » January 15th 2020, 9:02pm

conjurer wrote:
January 13th 2020, 9:44pm
Interestingly, when I was young I used to buy and devour magazines, but they had nothing to do with watches.
Reading the articles ?
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Post by conjurer » January 15th 2020, 9:11pm

ocean wrote:
January 15th 2020, 9:02pm
conjurer wrote:
January 13th 2020, 9:44pm
Interestingly, when I was young I used to buy and devour magazines, but they had nothing to do with watches.
Reading the articles ?
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Post by Mark1 » January 15th 2020, 10:19pm

As a youngster, my good friends dad had a Playboy collection. We would sometimes borrow an issue or two just to read the articles.
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Post by conjurer » January 15th 2020, 10:46pm

I bought my first porn magazines at a little news stand in Maywood, Illinois. The name of the place escapes me, but it was on 5th Avenue in the downtown section of the village. It was to the side of the Rexall drug store where my grandmother worked for many years--I don't know why I included this, but if I had a therapist, he'd probably charge me double for disclosing it.

Anyway, it was a narrow little store, packed with mags along both walls; I kinda remember looking through Popular Science in there with my dad, back before my tastes changed. There were a couple of old guys who worked there who would have sold anything to anybody--in the 19th Century, they would have sold fire water and rifles to the native Americans. God bless those creaking profiteers, because they sold First Ass Fuck and Sister Makes Three to this slavering young buck.
My little brain can't even comprehend how deep that is.

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