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.”



Gary West

Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with That addressed now forwards to - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of - 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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