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So @PuckBrandGaming got us a shared Christmas gift for us at McKay’s in Greensboro, NC: a full size reel-to-reel player! Now we can archive my grandad’s old TV/radio recordings! 1/6 @Foone @textfiles @lazygamereviews
He was an Army Air Corps SSgt specializing in RADAR/Radio Tech. Once home he figured out how to wire his reel-to-reel into the TV so my grandmother wouldn’t miss her stories if she had to work! Audio only but better than nothing since NO RERUNS back then. 2/6
George B. Hawkins, my namesake for my middle name (the B.) was technically my STEP-grandpa. My biological grandfather Gerald Torian (my first namesake) died at 37 of his 3rd heart attack (WWII Marine in the Pacific same as GB, it’s why it took 3 to kill him...) 3/6
Both were good friends from their church & GBH married my grandmother after GT died. He raised my Mom & Aunt like they were his biological children. He was MY “grampa Hawkins!” He is directly responsible for my love of History and Technology. He encouraged both, heavily! 4/6
Heck, he was an early adopter of gaming! We used to spend hours playing his Sears Telestar Pong unit he bought brand new. I’m repairing/restoring it now. I can honestly say that, without him, I wouldn’t be half the geek I am now! 5/6
So, after Christmas I will be working to archive everything of his that I can in a digital format. I WILL upload all of it that I can to the @internetarchive so that others can benefit from this slice of history and from my grandfather! #history #archiving #preservation 6/6
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