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I Miss Radio Shack

Tony Pretlow
Dec 11, 2022

In the early days of my electronic exploits, I could always count on Radio Shack to provide an answer.

They had a coupler for everything. And a battery for anything you brought in.

There were cables dangling and flashlights of every shape and color.

Radio Shacks thrived before there were cell phones. If you needed a gadget they could help you with it.

During a power outage my young son and I were stranded, during a storm, downtown in a Radio Shack store.

It was Christmas Eve.

We got to use the remote controls for everything that moved. Robots we’re flashing in the dark.

Radio Shack had turned into a wonderland.

The world was a better place with a Radio Shack in the neighborhood.

I think of it especially during the holidays.



Tony Pretlow

Passionate. Dedicated reader and commenter. Occasional writer. I enjoy writing poetry and prose. Father of five. Happily married/retired. Northwestern U. Alumus