From tape to Mars

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

Ever won­der what it would be like if the times changed slower?

My first VCR came with the first mod­ern-era Bat­man movie that had Jack Ni­chol­son as the Joker in the late-1980s.

Then I had to have a Beta, be­cause they were bet­ter. VHS was made big­ger and held six hours in­stead of 4.5. That sealed the deal.

Re­mem­ber “be kind and rewind?” Well, not if you’re un­der 30-some­thing.

How about this one: “To watch a movie is hu­man, to rewind makes you di­vine.”

It was eas­ier to be di­vine back then. I just pur­chased 10 tapes for $1 and six needed to be re­wound. Does that make me di­vine?

DVDs beat out VHS. Blu-ray beat out its com­pe­ti­tion and the DVD is still around. They only stopped mak­ing VCRs in 2015.

Now there are PVRs, cell­phones and so much more choice.

Adults play video games and will never stop. There’ll be 3D and more. Star Trek The Next Gen­er­a­tion’s holodeck is al­most here.

No one’s been on the moon for al­most 40 years and now we want to go to Mars. We need to put a space sta­tion in moon or­bit and get some peo­ple on the moon. Then we can do Mars right.

In my time, we’ve gone from a tube TV with one or two chan­nels, to talk about go­ing to Mars.

These are ex­cit­ing and fast-mov­ing times that we live in.

En­joy the ride. Raven P. Van Leishout Corn­wall

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