The Original Bluetooth: Suffering From Withdrawal, Part IIIWhile 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.
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.