Although my wife might put up an argument to the contrary, I can be pretty easily (and cheaply) entertained.
For example, I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of a February 1946 Mechanix Illustrated magazine I recently picked up at an antique store for a couple of bucks. I had to have it because the cover said Tom McCahill was testing the brand new Fords and Buicks in that issue.
And Captain Eddie Rickenbacker had written an article predicting jet-powered racers at the Indy 500 some day in the not-too-distant future.
But once I got through those articles, it was the rest of the magazine that fascinated me. It was chock full of new, clever inventions and repair tips for both cars and households. Every blurb was brimming with positive, post-war energy and optimism.
Never miss a local story.
The Hurley Machine Co. of Chicago was rolling out a combination automatic clothes washer/dish washer, which also would offer attachments to convert it into an ice cream freezer, a home churn and a potato peeler. Don't see many of those around these days.
But my favorite future breakthrough was the application of World War II walkie-talkie technology. It showed a rather frail-looking guy leaning at an odd angle from the weight of a battery-powered bag of electronics hung around his neck while his buddy lined up a putt. The caption read, "Golf widows will be able to check up on their husbands now with this new application of the portable radio receiving set."
Could I interest you in an iPhone, Harvey?
On that subject, I just heard that Sony is finally laying to rest the Walkman. I hate to see it go.
About 10 years ago, I bought a well-used Sony FM Walkman for a buck at a garage sale. It's now held together with a rubber band and duct tape, but it's still the best portable radio I've ever owned. It goes with me every morning when I walk the dogs and it always stays on-frequency.
Sometimes, the old stuff really is the best stuff.