I remember getting my first VCR as clearly as I do my first bicycle … and my memory of the latter has the unfair advantage of having been captured on 18-mm film by my father. (I recently rescued the film, camera, projector and tri-pod projection screen from my Dad’s house before his move into assisted living. Someday my kids will get an old-school viewing.)
As for that first VCR, it arrived in the early 1980s and was a transformative acquisition: For the first time, I was able to watch full-length, unedited, uncensored Hollywood movies at home without commercials. Taken for granted in this age of on-demand and Neflix, it was an amazing advancement at the time.
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