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Did You Ever Own A Transistor Radio Back In The Day?

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Did you ever own a transistor radio? The transistor radio was a small portable radio receiver that used transistor-based circuitry. In our 1970s DYR Facebook group, everyone has been talking about these radios and their personal stories with them. Some of our members even own one to this day!

It was the beginning of the 1980s when the boombox and Sony Walkman started to overshadow the portable radios. Later on, more devices would emerge such as portable CD players, MP3 players, and eventually, smartphone devices. But, it was the transistor radio that truly started it all!

Stories of the commercially successful transistor radio that started it all

Posted by Todd Kitchen on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Here are some of the comments we received from people who owned (or still own) one of these portable radios:

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“My grandparents had one like that then later on gave it to me because I wanted a boombox not quite the exact same thing.”

“They started selling them in 1960, we use to walk around the block and walk streets.”

“Found one about a month ago in a box of junk, new, still in its package!”

“My sister and I each got one for Christmas. But that was in the ’60s.”

“I had one almost exactly like this. I had a little earbud thing for just one ear so it was sort of my first iPod.”

“I had one almost like that. I remember getting one in my stocking on Christmas in 1970.”

“Still have one and it works.”

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The pocket-size of these radios would spark a change in popular music and listening habits. It started in the 1950s, and by 1957 the cheaper Sony TR-63 would reach mass-market success. The radio soon became the most popular electronic communication device of the 1960s and ’70s. Today, they are still most commonly used as car radios. While they’re not as popular today as they used to be, they certainly did pave the way for the devices we have and use on a regular basis today.

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Stores You And Your Parents Shopped At That Don’t Exist Anymore

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Some stores come and go, while others stand the test of time. However, in the age of online shopping, we are seeing a lot more brick and mortar shops go out of business. Even the big chain stores can’t always compete with what’s new and fresh. There are many stores you probably remember visiting that just don’t exist anymore.

We asked our 1970s Do You Remember group to share some stores that they shopped at that don’t exist anymore. Here are some of the top answers that you might remember.

Woolworth’s

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Woolworth’s / Wikimedia Commons

It began as a five and dime store in the early 1900s. As it became more popular, Woolworth’s spread across the country as the top department store. As early as the ’60s, competitors like Kmart began to copy Woolworth’s business model. Eventually, they went under in the ’90s. However, if you still want to get that nostalgic feel of eating lunch at Woolworth’s, you can at certain Woolworth’s diners.

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A&P

a&p grocery store
A&P / Flickr

The popular grocery store chain was around from 1915 to 1975. According to Wikipedia, it was the largest U.S. retailer of any kind until 1965. Many comments talked about how their favorite grocery store was A&P and they were so sad when it closed down!

Montgomery Ward

montgomery ward old store
Montgomery Ward / Wikimedia Commons

Another popular department store that is long gone. However, it does still exist as an online retailer. The company was actually founded way back in 1872. Do you remember the store being featured in the ’80s movie Gremlins?

Ben Franklin

ben franklin five and dime store
Ben Franklin store / Wikimedia Commons

This was another chain of five and dime stores that started in the late 1800s. The name is an homage to the Ben Franklin quote that reads, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Of course, there are so many other stores that we miss! Many people commented on the local stores that they remember shopping at too. Be sure to join our Do You Remember 1970s group here!

In conclusion, watch the video below to reminisce about other stores that no longer exist:

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Ford Is Bringing Back The Nostalgic Bronco SUV

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This month, Ford is set to showcase three new Bronco SUVs. The Bronco name has become very nostalgic, with many people collecting the 1969 version. Ford will unveil a two-door midsized version, a four-door version, and a smaller version for off-roading.

The original Broncos made in 1996 through 1977 are very collectible. The prices continue to rise among vintage versions. Perhaps Ford is hoping to capitalize on some of that nostalgia by offering new versions of the Broncos. Reportedly, they may look a lot like Jeeps as well to compete with that market.

Ford is unveiling three new models of the iconic Bronco

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Three’s a family. Coming soon. Reserve yours 7.13.20. @fordbronco #FordBronco . *CGI image. Preproduction model shown.

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Ford knows that bringing back an iconic vehicle could potentially cost them if they don’t do it right. “It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” said David Pericak, director of product line management for Ford Icons. “If we do it wrong, we could potentially lose the iconic status.”

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Ford Bronco / Flickr

Before Ford created the original Broncos, they reportedly did research to find out what other off-road vehicles were lacking. Many customers complained of the bumpy feel while on the road. So, Ford designed the Bronco that works for off-roading but has a more comfortable feel while driving. They did their research again before debuting the new models.

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The Wild. Coming soon: The new Bronco Family. Reserve yours 7.13.20 @Fordbronco #FordBronco *Preproduction model shown.

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“We set up expert panels of enthusiasts and people that really understand this space because we hadn’t been there for over a couple of decades,” said Mark Grueber, Ford’s consumer marketing manager. “We went out and immersed ourselves in different customer events and tried to live and breathe with the customers and understand what they liked and didn’t like with the current products that are out there.”

Are you excited for new Broncos?

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Kristian Alfonso Leaving ‘Days Of Our Lives’ After Almost Four Decades

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  • Kristian Alfonso has famously played Hope Williams Brady for about 37 years on ‘Days of Our Lives.’
  • She announced she is leaving the show.
  • In addition, she has already filmed her final episode. 

 

One of the most recognized stars on the long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives is leaving. Kristian Alfonso, who has most famously played Hope Williams Brady will leave the show after 37 years. She has already shot her final episode of Days of Our Lives, which is currently postponed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the show shoots so many episodes at a time, they currently have enough to air until October. There is no word on when her final episode will air. Kristian has played Hope since 1983, with a few breaks. For example, she left for two years in 1987. She also played a woman named Gina on the show, who turned out to actually be Hope, who was brainwashed.

‘Days of Our Lives’ star Kristian Alfonso is leaving the show after almost four decades

Kristian Alfonso
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Kristian shared a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram ahead of her departure. In the message, she thanked the network and fans for being with her on this journey.

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She wrote, “I am forever grateful to NBC and the late Betty Cordray, who took a chance on me many years ago and changed my life. I have built some lifelong friendships with my extraordinarily talented castmates. Days has one of the hardest working crews in all of television, many of whom have become part of my extended family.”

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#❤️ #😘

A post shared by Kristian Alfonso (@kristianalfonso) on Jul 6, 2020 at 3:00pm PDT

She added, “Finally — to the incredibly loyal fans of ‘Days’ — many of you have been with me on this journey from the beginning. I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love and support. I could not have done it without YOU!!!”

Do you watch Days of Our Lives? Will you miss Kristian being on the show?

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Country Music Icons Share Tributes To The Late Charlie Daniels

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Yesterday, we shared the sad news that singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels had died. He was 83 years old and had a very long career. His music impacted many artists today, especially country artists. While Charlie was mainly a country artist, his music was also dubbed rock, gospel, and more.

After the news broke of his passing, country artists shared tributes on social media including Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, and many more. Let’s see what they said about the music icon and how he inspired them.

Artists share tributes to the late Charlie Daniels

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My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business. He was always there for me when I needed him. I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone. Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful. My deepest condolences go out to the Daniels family, friends and fans.

A post shared by Travis Tritt (@realtravistritt) on Jul 6, 2020 at 9:54am PDT

Travis Tritt shared a lengthy message on Instagram with a photo of himself and Charlie. He wrote, “My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business. He was always there for me when I needed him.”

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Travis continued, “I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone. Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful. My deepest condolences go out to the Daniels family, friends and fans.”

Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven. My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we've lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels.

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) July 6, 2020

Dolly Parton mentioned his hit song “Devil Went Down to Georgia” in her tribute. She said, “Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven. My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we’ve lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels.”

.@CharlieDaniels was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. We laughed, cried and prayed together. Charlie, thank you for everything you've done for me, your endless support of us, you will live on forever as my hero… my friend. I love you. pic.twitter.com/ENYZP54JmL

— Randy Travis (@randytravis) July 6, 2020

Randy Travis shared a touching video of Charlie giving him a pep talk and praying with him. He wrote, “@CharlieDaniels was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. We laughed, cried and prayed together. Charlie, thank you for everything you’ve done for me, your endless support of us, you will live on forever as my hero… my friend. I love you.”

I grew up on the CDB, and I know I'm blessed to call Charlie and Hazel friends. Love and strength to this family. The world mourns with you. RIP Charlie. xoxo #charliedaniels pic.twitter.com/cEz8BgTcrd

— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) July 6, 2020

There were so many tributes to Charlie on social media by artists and fans alike

Trisha Yearwood shared a photo of herself, husband Garth Brooks, Charlie, and others. She said, “I grew up on the CDB, and I know I’m blessed to call Charlie and Hazel friends. Love and strength to this family. The world mourns with you. RIP Charlie. xoxo #charliedaniels”

There were many, many more tributes by artists, friends, and fans alike. It truly shows how much Charlie impacted not only the music industry but those around him. He seems like he was a truly great man. RIP.

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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne Share Sweet Throwback Photos To Celebrate 38 Years Of Marriage

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This past weekend, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary! To commemorate the milestone, they posted some adorable throwback photos. Ozzy kept things simple, posting two old photos from their wedding day on July 4, 1982. “Happy Anniversary My Love!” he writes in the caption.

Sharon, on the other hand, shared a sweet video. “40 years together, 38 years of marriage, why did it go so quickly? Wasn’t it yesterday our kids were babies, we were young and thought we knew everything,” she writes in her post.

These throwback photos truly show how much they love each other

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Happy Anniversary My Love!

A post shared by Ozzy Osbourne (@ozzyosbourne) on Jul 4, 2020 at 7:26am PDT

“Your love makes me feel safe and brave, you are a part of me, you’re in my soul forever my darling. Always, your Sharon ❤️” Sharon ends her sweet caption for her husband. The milestone for their marriage likely means even more to them now as Ozzy continues to battle Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed back in February 2019 and would reveal the news to the world in January 2020.

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What they have been up to recently

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40 years together, 38 years of marriage, why did it go so quickly? Wasn’t it yesterday our kids were babies, we were young and thought we knew everything. Your love makes me feel safe and brave, you are a part of me, you’re in my soul forever my darling. Always, your Sharon ❤️

A post shared by Sharon Osbourne (@sharonosbourne) on Jul 4, 2020 at 10:46am PDT

Fans have been wishing the two a happy anniversary with tons of love and support. “The definition of love ♥️ hope you two have a wonderful day! lots of kisses, happy anniversary! 💋” someone writes. Another fan says, “You two are the epitome of couple goals! An always honest reminder that every relationship takes work, and isn’t going to always be easy, pretty, or fun! But if you truly love your partner, it’s worth working through it all! Sometimes you have to forgive, sometimes you have to ask for forgiveness, but always do so with honesty and love! Happy anniversary!”

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the two have been quarantining at home together. Several weeks ago on Mother’s Day, Sharon posted a photo of the two cuddled up in bed with their eight dogs. Sounds like a good way to quarantine! Wishing a very happy anniversary to these two and many more.

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