I would like to share with you how I got my ivory one 40+ years ago for
I saw the ad for it in a magazine and fell in love with it when I was
a little girl. I asked my father if I could have it for my birthday. He
didn't answer one way or the other. So I thought, what can I do to
get this radio?
I came up with a plan that I felt would really get his attention. I decided
to campaign for it. I took sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper and wrote TRANSISTOR
RADIO, spelled it out one letter at a time on each sheet of paper, taped
the sheets of paper together vertically, and draped them down the side
of the stairs going to the second floor of our home. I took index cards,
wrote TRANSISTOR RADIO on them, and hung them from the sconces in the
foyer downstairs. I neatly folded the magazine ad and pinned it to my
I went to bed that night before he got home but stayed awake until he
arrived. I heard him walking up the stairs, laughing and then when he
reached his room, he really lost it. I thought to myself, "I got it!"
And I did! I was the happiest girl on Long Island. Up until 2002, that
radio was in our home in NY; I moved here to LA in 2002, and last year
I rediscovered it among my belongings, packed away. I immediately put
batteries in it and that day, received one station. The next day, I got
a few more stations. By the third day, I had the full selection of stations
available, loud and clear, and I have been using it ever since, smiling
through and through, remembering that story with such joy.