Aug 3 2011, Happy 34th Birthday TRS-80 Model 1

 

On August 3, 1977 Radio Shack announced the TRS-80 in New York City.

The TRS stood for “Tandy Radio Shack”, but we all lovingly call it the “Trash-80″

Brief History
Radio Shack, back when it sold radios, electronics and components instead of cell phones, batteries and cables sold their own line of computers.

Don French a Radio Shack employee purchased an Altair computer kit. He assembled it and afterward he designed his own computer. He decided to bring it to Radio Shack management. After some internal discussion, management decided to go ahead with the project and they hired Steve Leininger from National Semiconductor to put together the TRS-80.

At the time the cost of the computer was $399 and they had a bundle for $599 with monitor and tape recorder.

They expected to see 3000 units a year. They sold over 10,000 in less than two months.

There is a lot more to the story and thus I have provided sources of information below.

Good links on the TRS-80 Model 1

Some original articles & sources on the TRS-80

One of the original TRS-80 TV commercials

You tube user RE1974 is a Model 1 enthusiast from Australia and had a number of good videos

TRS-80 Informational video 1 of 2 on setting the unit up

TRS-80 Informational video 2 of 2 on setting the unit up

TRS-80 15meg disk system

TRS-80 Model 1 Voice Synthesizer demo

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