Priming the Pump:
How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution by David & Theresa Welsh The hidden history
of personal computing.
Although people persist in crediting Apple or IBM with inventing
personal computing, the idea was in the ether much earlier. In the early
1970s, electronic hobbyists began tinkering with the new microchips and
this spawned a modest business in mail-order computer kits. Hand-built,
these computers required patience, skill, and a burning desire to learn
arcane programming techniques.
Access to personal computing took a giant leap forward with
the introduction of the TRS-80 Model I in August 1977. It was the first
completely assembled, off-the-shelf microcomputer, available to anyone for
$599.95 through 3500 Radio Shack stores nationwide.
My husband David Welsh was one of those
hobbyists-turned-programmers. He created a word processor, Lazy Writer,
which we sold worldwide; it had many enthusiastic fans who were eager to
throw away their typewriters.
David and I wrote this book because no one else has told the story
of these years. We interviewed legendary pioneers who told us amazing
tales. This book, with over 100 illustrations and a complete Index, is
their stories and our story.
~ Theresa Welsh
What if a modern girl were sent back in time to Cleopatra's Egypt to become an initiate in the
temple? Believed to be a prophet because she knows the future, she only
wants to go home. Can she change history?
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Wonders in the Sky
by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity to Modern Times
Jacques Vallee is well known for his unique viewpoint on the phenomenon known as UFOs, beginning with his groundbreaking book, Passport to Magonia, published in 1969. "Magonia" reviewed odd events from mythology, religion and folklore that resemble modern UFO sightings, visitations and abductions.
In Wonders in the Sky, Vallee teams up with Chris Aubeck to again examine unexplained objects as reported in literature going back to BC and forward to 1890. The objective was to scour every available source and review each instance and eliminate those which cannot be traced to an original reliable source or which have a possible natural explanation, leaving a list of 500 historical sightings, which are truly unexplained.
A Thriller From 1977: Deadly Plague Infects Manhattan!
What is the most feared of human disasters? Tidal Waves? Hurricanes? Tornados? Earthquakes? How about The Black Death!
If we look back through human history to see what has been effective at mass killing, we would surely find Plague, once called The Black Death, a disease that wiped out at least one-third of the population of Europe between 1347 and 1353. Carried by fleas on rodents, it spread and killed quickly, devastating families, economies, and nations. Dead bodies piled up. There was no treatment.
That was a long time ago accross an ocean.
But what if the Black Death made another appearance, in our time, and settled on the densely-populated island of Manhattan, New York City?
Read my review for more on what happened in this great Retro Read novel from 1977.
For two years, I drove Woodward Avenue on my way to work in the New Center area of Detroit. Woodward Avenue is the main street into downtown Detroit, and its many historic buildings have given it a federal designation as a "Scenic Byway."
Sadly, most of the scenery was boarded-up buildings and empty lots.
The Messengers by F.C. Xavier An
afterlife journey told by spirit Andre Luiz through Brazilian medium
Supernatural by Graham Hancock Hancock
explores the origins of religious beliefs by examining early use of
Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa
Yogananda This classic book is the story of Yogananda's
coming to America to bring yoga and Eastern ideas to a generation
knowing nothing of its spiritual precepts; his story is full of
amazing spiritual feats, such as being in two
places at once.
Letters From the Other Side by Helen and Harry This book of letters were written during the World War
I era by two spirits, brother and sister, whose messages came through
the automatic handwriting of a blind living sister
The Spirits Book by Alan Kardec This book, written in 1876, is the basis of the beliefs of Spiritists; the book contains answers to the big questions as given to Allan Kardec by advanced spirits. This article also examines three other books about spirit.
Who is Edgar Cayce?
Edgar Cayce became known as "the sleeping prophet" because he provided information to people seeking his help after putting himself in a trance. This modest man, who died in 1945, gave "life readings" to people in which he told them of past lives, often lives in ancient Atlantis. Many books tell his story; here are some of the best ones.
Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong Does the standard Christian theology that has come to us from the
Middle Ages still make sense? Haven't we learned more about the history
of the times from when Jesus walked the earth, and haven't we gained
maturity since then? Bishop Spong challenges some long-held beliefs about
what it means to be a Christian.
The Templar Revelation by Picknett &
Prince Examines whether Jesus really died on the cross and
whether he might have been married to Mary Magdalene; lots of
interesting legends about Magdalene and John the Baptist in the
south of France.
The Hiram Key by Knight & Lomas Two
Master Masons examine the historical roots of Christianity. Who was
the mysterious Hiram Abiff who supposedly built Solomon's
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine
Pagels Pagels challenges traditional ideas about Jesus and
the early Christian teachings, through the writings in alternate
Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Baigent, Lincoln &
Leigh Take a tour of a different history, where Jesus has descendants who have secretly dominated important historical events. The book that inspired The DaVinci Code, that introduced us to the Priory of Sion... still good after all these years!!
The Jesus Dyasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity by James D. Tabor The author's own explorations into a tomb in Israel turned up bodies that could be members of Jesus' family. Could the tomb hold the bones of Jesus' brother, James? Could Jesus' biological father be someone other than Joseph and can we make even more assumptions from these discoveries, like James continuing Jesus' teachings, which did not include current Christian theology?
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven by Uta Ranke-Heinemann Does the Catholic Church's insistence on a male-only celibate clergy, its doctrine that sex is only for procreation and its condemnation of birth control and abortion reflect any actual teachings of Jesus? Here's a meticulously researched book by an angry female theologian who says no, and who lost her job teaching theology at a Catholic university for writing this book.
The Coming Global SuperStorm
by Art Bell & Whitley Streiber
Civilization is ended by a huge global storm caused by... global warming!
Two authors known for books about aliens find a new menace in the weather.
The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker A scientist's study of the natural electricity of the human body -- and its potential for healing and harm.
of the Gods by Graham Hancock Hancock's first book that examined the possibility of a "mother culture"
long lost, but pointing to a high civilization in the distant past. Hancock's
books are all worth reading.
the Smoke by Douchan Gersi An amazing look at strange powers of "people of tradition," featuring
a group of men in Haiti who can instantly materialize in a new location.
The Meaning of Life According to Physics by Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku What do two famous physicists think of the Big Questions of life? This review of two books examines their ideas on time travel, black holes, multiple dimensions and other fascinating speculation.
Genesis Revisited by Zechariah Sitchen One of Sitchen's Earth Chronicles books tracing our origins back to Sumer and alien "gods" - the whole series is fascinating reading.
Forbidden Archeology by Cremo and Thompson
Just how long has anatomically modern man been on earth? Read the evidence that the answer may be millions of years. The authors have done their research, and it's all in this 1000-page book.
Flying Serpents and Dragons by RA Boulay
Here is the most incredible theory of human origins. Our ancient ancesters were.... reptiles???. Read and be amazed. The author is NOT a nut (he worked for the NSA), but is he correct in making such an outrageous claim?
+ HEALTH CARE HERETICS +
Worried SickA Prescription for Health in Overtreated America
The Cancer Conspiracy by Barry Lynes The author tells of betrayal, collusion and the suppression of alternative cancer treatments; the government and the AMA are most of the problem.
Inside Job by Jim Marrs
Did the Bush adminstration know about 9/11 before it happened?
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet This book delves deeply into a little-known dedicated group of people who seek to control American politics, while remaining in the shadows. They espouse a brand of Christian fundamentalism that says the people in power reflect God's choices. Are they manipulating our leaders in Washington DC to advance their own right-wing agenda?
The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell by Randle & Schmitt A well-researched examination of the evidence that a space ship crashed near Roswell New Mexico in 1947. Based on interviews with eye witnesses and good detective work. Read and draw your own conclusions.
Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs A noted conspiracy author takes on the UFO controversy and provides a well-presented summary of alien activity and the government cover-up.
Above Black by Dan Sherman
Eye-witness testimony of a secret government program involving contact with aliens.
His story, though amazing, seems credible.
Angels Don't Play This HAARP by Nick Begich and Jeanne Manning
Does a government program deploying Extra Low Frequency (ELF) antennas in a remote part of Alaska have a sinister purpose? Nikola Tesla believed such waves could affect peoples' minds.
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
On any given day, one in four Americans eats fast food. Do large corporations like McDonalds manipulate our eating habits? Do those hamburger value meals make us fat and sick?