Another Book Excerpt

Thanks to Ephram and Stefan’s kind words, I spent a few extra minutes today on a book that I’m working on about the 80’s. It’s 32% done. It also needs a publisher. Anyway, here’s an excerpt from a chapter on Computers in the 80’s:

I have an old Atari 800 in my basement that I hooked up to an ancient television (the kind with a tube) just to show my 5 year old how good we had it. He immediately requested that I use this computer to do what I might with my Mac laptop: pull up a video of a donkey playing checkers. I could not meet his request, at least not with the Atari 800. I could, however, show him how Daddy once had a hobby as a computer programmer, believing as all of us did in the 80’s that this would be the crucial skill for our vocational success because the year 2000 would basically look like a bunch of humans eating soy-based product while typing on soy-based computers to get the soy-based orders to Mars. Instead, I’m sitting in a Subway watching a guy panic over what kind of bread his wife will be expecting when he gets home with their sandwiches. So, yeah, not quite.

About radamdavidson

When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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