I’ve been trying to covert all my old 20th century media to something that, if my kids are so inclined, they can use in 25 years. I copied my old home movies of Evan and Marin from VHS to DVD a few years ago, and now I’ve made a record of my radio show tapes as well.
What radio show? Check out the Radio Show Nostalgia page for some clips. Todd Stauffer and I had a fun little call-in talk radio show in Denver back in the age of Windows 95 (think Car Talk, but for computers). That was back when I lived in the glorious city of Colorado Springs, and my freelance writing career was still pretty young. The city newspaper–the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (now just called the Gazette)–published a weekly computer magazine, and someone at "The G" thought it was a good idea to host a radio show to promote it. Ah, I really miss those days.
Just thinking about the radio show reminds me of all sorts of things from that era that make me bitterly nostalgic.
- My kids were young grade-schoolers. Wow, you never expect that you’re going to miss that. But you do.
- I miss Colorado Springs — the weather, the sightseeing, the proximity to Denver, even the malls and the fast food.
- Lil Ricci’s in Tamarac Square in Denver. The best pizza, ever. And I grew up near Manhattan, so I know. Trust me.
- Hanging out with my friends Anne and Kevin and Rick and Shawna. Wow, I miss those guys. Now we all live in three different states. We used to play cards with Anne and Kevin every Friday night for years.
- Writing for magazines like Home Office Computing and PC Computing, just to name a few. There were a lot of awesome magazines in those days. And while I don’t want to sound like an old guy, writing for blogs and websites is somehow not quite as magical as writing for the printed page.
- And of course, being a scuba instructor for Underwater Connection in Colorado Springs. Diving and teaching was perhaps the single most fun experience of my life. Now that we live near the ocean, we don’t dive very much, and I certainly am not an active dive instructor. There are a few reasons for that, but I guess they’re not important. But it is sad. (When I Googled Underwater Connection to find the URL, I knew I found the right site right away because their site still stinks. Troy! Fix your site!)
Anyway, the clips of the radio show might only be entertaining to me and my cat, but I’ve posted some here on the site. I hope you enjoy the intentional camp of Dank Showcase.