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Friday, September 21, 2012

I LOVE Flashback Friday

Happy last day of summer y'all. Tomorrow it will officially be fall, although, living in Charleston it won't feel like fall until late October or November. I don't know about you but I am ready to pull out my boots and scarves.

Today's flashback is...



Talkboy! 



After I saw Kevin's talkboy, I knew I had to get one. I LOVED that thing. Not only could you listen to music with it but you could record your voice and then distort it. I remember one time recording my dad snoring with my talkboy. Ha, the joys of being a kid. 

Here is how Wikipedia describes the talkboy: 
The Talkboy was originally conceived as a non working prop for the 1992 movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, used by Macaulay Culkin's character. In 1993 it was made into a retail version, brought on by a massive letter-writing campaign by young fans of the film. The product capitalized on the success of the film's VHS release. Sales were largely driven by this movie tie-in.
The device itself consisted of a handheld cassette recorder with an integrated grip handle for easy carrying, and an extendable microphone. The function controls were much like any other portable cassette recorder of the day, complete with play, stop, fast forward, rewind, pause, and record buttons. Additionally, and most distinctively, a switch which toggled between normal and slow speed settings for playback and recording was also included. This feature gave the user the ability to manipulate the speed, and in turn, pitch, of the recorded sound to act as a voice changer since the pitch difference wasn't dramatic enough to drag on at SLOW or be too fast to decipher on FAST like a person would see at half and double speed. The standard model had a slowdown speed of 76% and a faster speed of 130%.
 Did you have a talkboy growing up? If so, did you LOVE it as much as I did?
LOVE, sje

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