Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Walkman thought to be an explosive device?

It is reported in Huffpost that a suspicious package under the seat of the MV Burrard Beaver commuting between Vancouver and North Van caused a delay of several hours. The RCMP explosives unit with a bomb-sniffing dog and a robot came to investigate the package which had wires sticking out of it.

Turns out it was a very old Walkman device, which likely few people knew even when they saw it. For those who don't know, they were the forerunner of the iPod, which used a really ancient recording medium called cassette tapes, which replace a really ancient recording medium called records made of vinyl. Turns out modern day music aficionados claim vinyl records produce a purer sound than either tapes or digital medium of today.

Walkman was the brand tradename first introduced in 1979 by Sony which allowed people to listen to their favourite tunes anywhere as they were self-powered and you could listen using earphones and were much easier to carry around than a boom box. What's a boom box you say? That's another story in the history of the love affair of people and their 'tunes'.

In 1979 when Sony first introduced the Walkman, included in the top 100 hits of the year according to Billboard:

  • My Sharona by Knack
  • Bad Girls by Donna Summer
  • Do Ya Think I'm Sexy by Rod Stewart
  • Reunited by Peaches and Herb
  • I Will Survive by Gloria Gayner
  • Village People by Y.M.C.A.
  • The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
  • Tragedy by the Bee Gees
  • What A Fool Believes by Doobie Brothers


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