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re: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of Pets

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  • B. Degnan
    They were demo ing PETS all year in 1977, from January on. Probably they started trickling out before the fall. bd
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 22, 2012
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      They were demo'ing PETS all year in 1977, from January on. Probably they
      started trickling out before the fall.
      bd

      -------- Original Message --------
      > From: "Ray Sills" <raysills3@...>
      > Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 10:33 AM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] Speaking of Pets
      >
      > Hi Gang:
      >
      > So, last night I was watching an episode of "Into the Universe with
      > Stephen Hawking" on Science Channel. The episode focused on
      > possibilities for alien life forms and where they might exist. As a
      > part of that, it was mentioned that scientists have been monitoring
      > radio waves to try to detect any possible radio signals of artificial
      > origin. SETI@Home is a part of that effort.
      >
      > Anyway, the episode showed a "recreation" of the famous "Wow!" signal
      > that was received on August 15, 1977. As part of that recreation, the
      > desk of the researcher involved had a PET at one side. Well, the PET
      > was shown at the June 1977 CES, but units apparently did not ship
      > until October. So, I guess this is an official anachronism. But, I
      > suppose we have to be glad they at least got the year correct, in the
      > attempt to have a "period" computer as part of the set dressing.
      >
      > Of course, the PET had absolutely nothing to do with the receiving or
      > decoding of the Wow signal itself. But it was nice to see a piece of
      > vintage hardware on TV. :)
      >
      > 73 de Ray
      >
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