Posted By azog on July 23, 2011
While rooting thru a seldom accessed storage area in the attic, I stumbled over a stack of my old magazines. Seems to be mostly Omni, and various Compute! magazines from the 80s.
There are several stacks. I haven’t gone thru them all, but the first one at hand was Omni’s July 1979 issue. I took it out to flip thru it; it’s not in terrible shape after 32 years, but I doubt it’s in any condition to be considered “collectible”. The outside cover long ago removed itself from the stapled binding, and it looks like time start to erode the paper, as there are very ragged edges around some of the pages.
I’ll have to go thru and dig out the whole mess, but I’m not really sure what to do with them. At the very least, maybe I’ll catalog the issues. But I suspect they’ll eventually go back into storage for another ~30 years. By now, I think most of the history of the Compute! magazines have been scanned and archived and available for download somewhere on the web, altho I’ve not really looked to see if that is the case.
I’m pretty sure this was the first issue of Omni I read, and at some point, I had a delivery subscription. I have no idea how many issues I have. On the front cover, I did write my name. I’ve blocked that out.
But while flipping thru this issue, I got a bit sad seeing this below cartoon.
The caption says “Well, it seems to be alright in theory, but it’s going to take a bit more work…”
The shuttle program was still in its infancy. By now most of us have at least heard about the termination of the shuttle program with the final mission of July 9 2011.