26 Jul '16, 7pm

Goodbye, VCR, You Served Us Well

The VCR. I wasn’t an early adopter, or an extreme user. But the VCR indeed played a featured role in different stages of my life. It helped me keep my standing date with the TV show Thirtysomething back in the 1980s. In the 90s, it played Barney & Friends over and over when that was the only relief my then-two-year-old could get from the pain of the Coxsackie virus. And for at least a decade, it let my mother across the country see her grandbabies take their first steps, sing their ABCs, and reach all sorts of other milestones she would have otherwise missed. I have professional memories of the VCR as well. I visited the source of the video recording, Ampex, just once, though I drove past its iconic sign for years. That visit was a true pilgramage: The VCR wasn’t the only thing that came out of that company; so did Ray Dolby, Nolan Bushnell , and a host of other engineers ...

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