It started when I was in the 8th grade. Somehow I got a copy of a "catalogue?" which promised 1001 things that you can get for free in the mail. And then I saw it in the magical book. Edmund Scientific Co, free catalogue just for requesting one in the mail. Not too long afterwards I came in the mail. The biggest, most beautiful thing that I had ever seen. When I say it was big I mean the amount of pages, the catalogue itself was only about 4.5" X 7", approx.
It was my portal to Astronomy nirvana. All those pictures and telescopes, eyepieces, cool things like weather balloons and even a balloon that when fully inflated looked just like a U.F.O. (flying saucer shape) and was big, 12-feet in diametre if I remember correctly.
From then on, every 6 months I sent off for a new Edmund's catalogue and any others that I could get by mail.
Now we have the Internet, thanks to D.A.R.P.A. and everyone has a website. But it's not the same. I miss having something tangible that I could hold and carry around and look at anytime that I wanted.
So...anyone else miss getting catalogues in the mail?
Please let me know. Clear skies!