Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The Original Bluetooth: Suffering From Withdrawal, Part III

While mining through hours of useless video stored away in the archives of YouTube, I discovered this little gem. Yes, I had one. Odds are it's probably stashed away in a box in my parents' crawlspace. Thanks to Burger King, the Chicago Cubs may have given the world the mid-1980s version of the Bluetooth.

This little gadget was a portable radio permanently tuned to WGN 720 AM. For those of you who remember, Wrigley Field did not have lights until 1988. Due to that, the Cubs played all of their home games at 1:20 or 3:05 p.m. I thought this device would be a perfect way to catch the first six or seven innings of Cubs games during the school day.

Great idea!

Not so fast. The earpiece of big and clunky. Every time I attempted to listen to a game during school the reception was awful. Between the blasts of static, you could occasionally hear Dwayne Staats provide the radio play-by-play. On top of that, every time I tried to hold the radio closer to my ear to listen better, I looked like I was slumped over suffering from a migraine.

Thanks for the memory...I had one too and i used it about once because of the lousy reception!
ozthegreat   Monday, December 22, 2008
great blog....iwant one
Ben H   Monday, December 22, 2008
how funny that i look at your blog today! those came out during my dad's bk marketing days. he kept a stash in the trunk of the car and used to bribe the guys that worked the corporate parking lot at wrigley with the prototypes before they came out in order to get a spot. i totally forgot about those things.
Lisa   Monday, December 22, 2008
Lisa, I was wondering if your Dad was involved with that promotion. Please make sure you go back and tell him it worked like a charm and I still use mine. Who needs an iPod when you can have that state-of-the-art radio strapped to your ear.
Bill Pearch   Monday, December 22, 2008
I know now, but back then I had no idea what an ADDICT you were. lol.
Mark Almighty   Monday, December 22, 2008
The Cubs thing goes way back.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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