I often refer to my first gaming console as “a PONG clone my family bought at Sears-Roebuck in the late 70s”. I wasn’t too far off. Recently while perusing through a scanned catalog from J.C. Penny, I found the exact model we had — a Coleco Telstar Ranger. I distinctly recall the revolver and the shooting games. My whole family would play this console. There was also a selectable game called Jai Alai, which I recall as being significant now as my family lived in Florida at the time and that game was popular there.
It’s funny how memories work. I completely forgot the details of this system until I found this ad. I can now recall playing the skeet games with that gun and playing the Pong style games with my sister.
I’ve been connecting to Electronic Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) quite a bit lately. Over the last couple of years I’ve done this sporadically, but lately I’ve sat down and done it almost every day. I get almost a meditative feeling doing it. There’s something really relaxing about connecting to a BBS and sequentially going through the new posted messages and responding to private mail. Delightfully, I’m on a few boards that have pretty heavy traffic, so they’ll be 20-30 new messages every time I log in. When I would BBS back-in-the-day, I don’t think I frequented much more than 10-15 systems. Right now I am routinely checking in at 8. It’s almost like it’s 1986 again.
The topics on the BBS forums are things I’m very interested in today. Games, Commodore software and hardware, vinyl, etc. It’s an interesting hobby to get back into after all of these years. And using almost all original equipment makes it all the more fun.
Now that I have terminal programs working on my Amiga and within GEOS on the Commodore 64, I plan on branching out to BBS systems that are not only Commodore 64 oriented. Should be entertaining.