WWII Old Time Radio Computers Photography SchoolDaze! How Do I...?  
Over the years I have had many interests. These pages reflect some of those interests.

Computers

Computers have been important to me since I purchased my first in 1979 - a Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor). I've had Commodores - PETs, Vic 20s, Commodore 64s, Radio Shack's TRS-80 (the Trash 80), Atari 400, IBM-PC and clones. At last count I've had over 30 computers in 25 years. But I don't generally play games with them. They are a tool to perform a variety of tasks.

I have taught computers in secondary school; I still teach computers to adults in evening education courses. And I collect programs - particularly freeware which I can then share with others.

Take a look at the computers page - there are links to dozens of wonderful programs.

Photography

Photography has been an interest since high school. It has lay dormant for many years and just recently a new digital camera has refreshed my interests.

 

 

World War II

I can't claim to be an expert on World War II but I have many years of interest and fascination with the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis. Combined with a recent interest in old time radio (OTR) I've discovered a wealth of radio material from WWII on the internet - both Nazi and Allied (mostly American). These resources include ordinary radio programs - remember that in WWII times radio was the television of the time.

There are wartime announcements and propaganda broadcasts.

There are samples of Axis Sally, an American broadcasting for the Germans, Lord Haw-Haw - executed as a traitor after the war, Tokyo Rose - was she really a traitor to the US? and of course Charlie and His Orchestra - a Nazi jazz orchestra playing propaganda parodies to the Allied troops. There is a complete set of D-Day news broadcasts.

There are typical American entertainment programs with a war view. Just listen to the Life of Riley as Riley works in an aircraft factory.

Visit these pages. They will grow over the next while.

Old Time Radio (OTR)

Although television came in when I was a kid and it easily overwhelmed radio, I'm still fascinated by the old time radio programs - The Shadow, The Bickersons, Abbott and Costello, Our Miss Brooks, The Inner Sanctum, and many others.

Terry and the Pirates

And then there were the radio versions of various books - Dr. Jekyll, Fu ManChu, The Day of the Triffids, The Thin Man and so on.

There are thousands of these programs readily available on the internet for downloading. You can increase your collection for free by 10 to 20 shows a week. You can pay a pittance and download many gigabytes. You can just turn your computer on and listen via the internet.

You can burn your radio collection to CDs and with an MP3 player, play these anywhere you want. Many of the newer car stereos will play MP3s. Most new home DVD players (for your television) will play MP3s.