Tech History 1989 – Three Out Of Four VCR Owners?

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…Don’t Know How To Operate Their Video Cassette Recorders

Tech History From 1989

Do You Know Your Video Environment?

When it comes to the average consumer – tech stuff has always been, well, a sort of a challenge. Take for instance – video cassette recorders (you remember those). Back in 1989 – almost everyone had one. VHS had won the contest over Beta – so most machines, pretty much – had the same features. Well, most.

Here’s a fascinating  1989 piece from “60 Minutes.” In it, we see, most folks didn’t know what was going on: VHS, Super-VHS – Stereo or non-stereo… it’s all a bit confusing.

The video takes us back to the 1989 Consumer Electronics Show – a perfect Tech History video!

Before HDTV, before TiVo …

“People have fear of technology… it’s the essence of marketing to help overcome that fear to sell products.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL2oaIUUisA

 

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Gary West

Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with www.pophistorynow.com. That addressed now forwards to www.mrpopculture.com - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of www.technologynewstimeline.com - covering consumer technology from 1952 to the present. West has been a contributor to numerous books, radio-TV shows, CNN & USA Today & the History Channel.

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