For Geeks and Oddballs, RadioShack Was Their Studio 54
If you were a technology-obsessed kid from the late ’70s through the early ’90s, RadioShack was pretty much Nerd Paradise. It certainly was for me. There were computers. There were toy cars. There was every type of gadget and contraption imaginable.
Personal story: One year, I begged my parents to take me to RadioShack so I could buy a cellphone. At the time, phones were the size of an Arizona iced tea. I remember strolling through the aisles and tinkering with all the giant phones on display. The store always felt like a hangout for tech folk—certainly not for the jocks and cheerleaders in high school.
Times have changed. Since the company never adapted to the Internet age and e-retailers rose to fill the gap, RadioShack’s retail footprint and offerings began to diminish. Sales followed. Now, this week, the company said it “might have to file for bankruptcy protection, or even liquidate, if it cannot arrange a lifeline.”
Even though the company has definitely been in “train wreck” mode for quite some time, news about an impending bankruptcy hit the Internet somewhat hard. The grown geeks, nerds and weirdos who once looked at the store as a tech playland have been taking to the Internet—ironically the very same invention that made the retailer obsolete—to share their feelings.
Some are straight up sad.
Others are feeling strangely nostalgic.
Perhaps when you’re a total geek, buying your first TI-83+ calculator from RadioShack is kind of like a first kiss. A very nerdy first kiss.
Some folks, like the dude below, says RadioShack was a special part of his childhood. We invite you to share with us your fondest, nerdiest recollections of RadioShack.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even get some love back.