The Born Loser by Art and Chip Sansom for October 01, 2016

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    CO Premium Member about 6 years ago

    I got a calculator in my last year in high school, and that was only because my Dad was working at Singer business machines and could get one with his company discount.

    There was a total of two calculators in my electronics class. Mine, and the teacher’s. Both were “four bangers”, with square root (very important!). His had reciprocal, mine didn’t. Mine cost $50 (retail about $75) and his $150, in 1975. With inflation factored in, that $50 is about $$223.84 in today’s money.

    An equivalent calculator today sells for less than $3 or .67 in 1975 dollars.

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    nosirrom  about 6 years ago

    When I was in elementary school we had twenty digit calculators. Of course there was always someone who complained when you took your socks off.

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    x_Tech  about 6 years ago

    Didn’t have a hand held scientific calculator until1971 before that a slide rule. Got my first computer in ’78.

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    tom_wright  about 6 years ago

    Mine was called “pencil”.

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    Dapperdan61  Premium Member about 6 years ago

    I’ve got a calculator also, on my IPhone

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    SeaFox10  about 6 years ago

    My pencil!

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    Retired Dude  about 6 years ago

    A few months ago I ran across my old slide rule. It must have been over fifty years old. I still remembered how to use it but now the numbers are too small to read.

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    MeGoNow Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Yes. It was called a brain. Back when they still worked.

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    Alphaomega  about 6 years ago

    Stick and sand.

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    shadyguy  about 6 years ago

    We were issued a pencil, the rest was up to the individual!

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    Old Man River  about 6 years ago

    I was pre-calculator Engineering students used slide rules. Google it

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    pouncingtiger  about 6 years ago

    In those days, calculators were the size of desktop computers.

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    Rush Strong Premium Member about 6 years ago

    I started engineering school in ‘73 armed with my dad’s K+E slip-stick in its trusty leather scabbard. Still have it, but retired it about a year later when TI came out with the SR-50.

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    Rose Madder Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Hand-held calculators were available [but a pretty big size] but we weren’t allowed to use them in class, because not everyone had one or could afford one and it was an unfair advantage to the ones who did have them. My last math class was in 1958.

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    sml7291 Premium Member about 6 years ago

    had a slide rule in high school, bought my first calculator (a very basic model) after I joined the Air Force in ’74… may even still have the thing around here somewhere.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  about 6 years ago

    My brain, a #2 pencil & a big chief tablet!

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    Plods with ...™ Premium Member about 6 years ago


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    cknoblo Premium Member about 6 years ago

    Pencil and paper here until I got to high school, where we learned to use a slide rule. Got my first, 4-function digital calculator in 73, when I had been married a year. It cost around $80. My kids grew up with computers.

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    K M  about 6 years ago

    When I was in school, the only computer I had was called a brain.

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    arthurseery  about 6 years ago

    An Encyclopedia and a Library Card.

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