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Michael Fremer  |  Nov 13, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  5 comments
While the death of vinyl has been greatly exaggerated, the death of its inventor, unfortunately, has not. Last May 26th, Waldo Semon (a name straight out of central casting), inventor of vinyl, passed away in Hudson, Ohio at the mellow old age of 100. Dr. Semon invented our favorite synthetic back in 1926 at B.F. Goodrich, while trying to devise something else: an adhesive that would make rubber and metal stick together. Semon held 116 patents, and in 1995 was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame. He also invented and held a patent on bubble gum. Thanks to a reader for sending me his obituary.

Speaking of having one's bubble burst, how about this from CEMA (the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association), in their yearly overview publication, US Electronics Industry Today: "The industry experienced another look into the future with the introduction of the Diamond Rio portable 'flash memory' player using MP3 (MPEG-1, Layer 3) technology capable of downloading CD-quality music directly from the Internet." (My italics.)

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 11, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  12 comments
The Tenth Annual Manila Hi-Fi Show took place November 9th and 10th against a back-drop of an impending Typhoon.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 09, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  16 comments
Greeted warmly by Manillans.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 08, 2013  |  First Published: Oct 01, 1999  |  1 comments
A family came to pick up a puppy we'd bred. The 11-year-old son entered my listening room, and I asked him if there was something he'd like to hear. "Nirvana," he requested, so I got out the Mobile Fidelity LP of Nevermind. "I've never heard a record in my life," he said, as I slipped it on the Basis Debut, currently being reviewed. When "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ended, he turned to me: "You have a really great stereo! I've never heard half that stuff."

"Would you like to hear the CD version?" I asked.

Michael Fremer  |  Nov 07, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  8 comments
Boston retailer Newbury Comics, a recent entry in the vinyl reissue game, just announced a newsletter to which you can subscribe.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 07, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  2 comments
Show organizers expect 2500-3000 attendees, though those flying in from neighboring islands may be prevented from doing so due to canceled flights.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 07, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  3 comments
All is well in Manila
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 05, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  13 comments
Rhino has released its long awaited Eagles box set containing Eagles, Desperado, On the Border, One of These Nights, Hotel California and The Long Run
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 04, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  10 comments
I leave today for Manila, The Philippines to do a turntable set-up seminar at a HiFi Show November 9th and 10th.
Michael Fremer  |  Nov 04, 2013  |  First Published: Dec 31, 1969  |  5 comments
Don't miss this two hour PBS special on the life of Jimi Hendrix November 5th on PBS.

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