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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

It was a Panasonic RX 4920 — the best boombox available from my dad’s Raleigh cigarette coupon catalog in 1981. I banded together all those paper coupons from my father’s decades of smoking, packed them in shoeboxes and patiently waited for the boombox to arrive.

What’s a boombox, you ask? Well, it was a handled, portable, radio cassette deck with built-in speakers. It was invented in the Netherlands by Philips in 1969, but the Japanese companies took the idea to the next level. The boombox was introduced in America in the late 1970s and became a mainstream product for youth like me in the 1980s. The use of boomboxes in urban communities resulted in them being called “ghetto blasters,” a name my friends and I commonly used then that doesn’t seem so appropriate now.

When my boombox finally showed up, I couldn’t wait to unpack it and start playing my cassettes. It was a simple device with an AM/FM tuner and a single cassette deck, but I loved it. Most all my friends had some version of a boombox as well, mostly manufactured by Panasonic, Sony or General Electric. Boomboxes were a status symbol of sorts for kids in the 1980s, much like cell phones are today. As such, the technological features grew — and so did the dimensions, with some boomboxes comparable to the size of suitcases. The fancier ones had dual cassette decks, equalizer controls and booming bass sound. The larger models were 30 or more inches wide, and some weighed more than 25 pounds. Of course, the portability of these units was not simple — or inexpensive. Many required 10 D-size batteries, and those costs added up.

As a result, most boomboxes were almost always plugged into wall outlets, but, inevitably, someone would bring one on a school bus for long and noisy trips. The boombox trend didn't last long, though. In 1986, 20.4 million units were shipped in the United States. By 2003, the number dropped to 329,000. The Sony Walkman and similar portable headphone devices became the new, trendy and much quieter ways to listen to music. School bus drivers everywhere rejoiced.

I remember using my boombox so much that the markings for play, pause, fast forward, eject, etc. wore off, but I had them memorized anyway. I sometimes wonder what happened to it, as I have no idea where it ended up. It probably quit working and was tossed, or it may be this one listed on Ebay for $39.

I am sure Dad enjoyed those Raleigh cigarettes, even though they ultimately, and sadly, took his life. The high volumes of my Panasonic boombox might have taken a few years off his life, too — or at least his eardrums — but that boombox sure made for some enjoyable music-listening years for me.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Heat continues today with heat indices again exceeding 100 degrees. Rain chances move in tomorrow as a couple of rounds of rain are possible Wednesday. We get a little relief Thursday through Sunday before more heat moves in next week.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI:  Iowa family finds WWII-era bomb in their backyard

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FROM WHO-TV: High prices affect all aspects of Meals on Wheels right now

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

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Meet Jamie Busby

Providing students opportunities for real-world learning

By Becky Kolosik

Jamie Busby knows firsthand that sometimes the plans for your future take an unexpected route.

“My path had a couple of twists and turns that ultimately led me to where I am today,” she says, smiling. “I can’t imagine doing anything else but teaching and coaching.”

Busby started her career in public accounting but learned quickly it was not a profession she saw herself doing for the long-term.

“There were many things I liked about being an accountant; however, I decided to go back to school and get a teaching degree so I could teach grades 6-12 business classes,” she explains. “Now I have the best of both worlds — teaching accounting and coaching, while still having time to spend with my family.”


From the June issue of Indianola Living magazine.

Scores & Trivia
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Happy Birthday Nathan Deutmeyer!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Donald Trump, Lucy Hale, Boy George, Steffi Graf, Yasmine Bleeth, Alan Carr, Sullivan Stapleton, Ryan McCartan, Torrance Coombs, Heather McDonald

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why do residents of Athens never get up before the sun rises?
BECAUSE DAWN IS TOUGH ON GREECE! My co-workers struggled with this one since I wasn't present to provide the answer. But some readers had the answer: Gail Tomlinson, Abbey Martin
William Snyder had the clever answer, "IDK. It’s all Greek to me." And Peri Van Tassel offered, "Because they have to Greek (greet) the day.


What did the pig say on the really hot day?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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