Have a bountiful time
Sept. 5, 1979 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times
Headline: "New Fad Growing in Dublin"
Computer buffs can buy components and do their own thing now. "Electric Brain" in Dublin is the place to find what you need. If it isn't in stock, proprietor Bob Nelson will try and get it.
Basically, the store sells computer kits complete with hardware, software and directions. Nelson has three models but plans to get more. The computer chip in the models has a memory that is compatible to 64,000 characters depending on external circuitry. Prices vary. A computer card costs about $200, a kit about $400.
"You can buy a fully functional unit for around $1,000," Nelson said. "That includes keyboard, programs, display -- the works.
In these days of continued rising costs, Nelson predicts prices of the type of computers he sells will go down.
"This market is slanted toward hobbyists. Once manufactures realize this they start making cheaper models to supply demand. It's the old story of volume goes up, prices go down."
He also believes the trend will lead toward getting more for your money.
"The amount of computer you will be able to buy five years from now will be astonishing."
Nelson says there is a wide range of people interested in these computers. The dual function of the hobby is the reason for its success Nelson contends. Nelson hopes to expand his business beyond hobbyists and a small business store. He would like to branch out and include scientific needs in the area.
Nelson hopes to double as a technical adviser to his customers. He became familiar with computers during his 11-year career as a physicist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and two years at Science Applications Inc. in Pleasanton. He plans to hold classes in computer technique.
"We even have hobby kits that are provided with the facility to store programs and data on an audio tape cassette," said Nelson. "And one of our expansion kits has an interfacing that lets the computer draw pictures on a color TV screen. It has a 64-by-64-dot pattern, and you have control over the dots. About five hours is required to put it together."
Dublin was chosen for the store site since it is centrally located in the growth expansion area.
Real Estate: Vintage Realtors, Pleasanton. Just listed -- hard-to-find Jensen home, four-bedroom, two-bath with 16'-by-32' pool. Loads of room and a 19.5'-by-12.5' family room, 12'-by-12' hobby/plant room. And the garage has finished walls. Redecorated throughout. $52,950.
Groceries: Safeway, Pleasanton. Excedrin tablets, pain relief, 60 count for $1.15; Shasta diet soda, 12 ounces for 15 cents; and Listerine antiseptic, 20 ounces for $1.32.
At the Movies: The Vine Theater, Livermore. Mel Brooks presents "Silent Movie," starring Marty Feldman and Dom Deluise. Also playing is Walt Disney's "Bambi."
Trivia Question: On Sept. 4, 1957, the Ford Motor Company introduced what new car?
Answer to last week's question: On Sept. 1, 1979, a court in Los Angeles ordered Clayton Moore to stop wearing his Lone Ranger mask.
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