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Breaker, Breaker

The World of CB Radio
Long, Crystal, Keating

When I was in high school, CB radios were considered a cool accessory for your car. It sat right next to the 8 track tape. Youngsters, this was like twitter and cell phones combined. My knowledge of CB radios extends to seeing Smokey and the Bandit at least twice as a teen.(Side note: This was when Burt Reynolds was THE man. (If you need a Burt Reynolds fix, please jump to this and this post where Burt shares his backside with his adoring fans.)

My late father-in-law would just like to listen to truckers chat. I have still had the rare reference question here and there with respect to amateur radio but I don’t think I have heard the term CB radio since the early 1980s. Any radio people wish to update us?


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Know the Score

Know the Score: Video Games in Your High-Tech World

Submitter: When I found this book, I happened to glance over at the kids gaming on our computers–our slim, stream-lined computers and thought WOW! This should have been pulled years ago! I guess if someone wanted a laugh, they could flip through this book. Isn’t photo #3 the wizard from ‘Big’?? Haha.

Holly: I’m sure we posted this book in the early days of ALB, but darned if I can find the post. If it’s still lingering in libraries, it’s worth posting again! Ms. Skurzynski has written a few books from the bleeding edge of science and technology:

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Human Races

Human Races
3rd ed., 1971

Submitter: I dare you to find another book that compares the earwax of people of different races.

Holly: Dr. Garn was a Professor of Anthropology and also of Nutrition at the University of Michigan (go blue!). He died in 2007, but is still considered to be “the” guy in the history of biological interpretations of race.” So, all of this is probably very interesting to students of anthropology, and some of his work probably still belongs in libraries like U of M’s. I am, however, surprised at the number of community colleges that still hold even the 1st edition of this book, according to WorldCat.org – and even a few large public libraries.

All that said, I agree with Submitter that the earwax thing is…”unique,” though it does seem relevant to the material. There is a page included below that defines the word “race” in very scientific terms, and is careful to point out that politicians and demagogues have misused the word.  Gotta say, I’m kind of intrigued by the few pages included here. I’d weed it anywhere but the most academic of academics, but he is an important guy in the field.

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