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Gizmo's 2007 Gadget Gift Guide

It was Black Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 when the Gizmo Editor hit the cover of The Courier-Journal's Scene section with my gadget gift guide.

Gizmo's Gift Guide 20017 by Ric Manning on Scribd

Gizmo Editor roams the Akihabara

In the fall of 1997 I joined a press tour to Japan sponsored by Sharp Electronics. The group included editors from PC Magazine, several trade magazines and freelance author Simson Garfinkle, who wrote Database Nation, a seminal work book on digital privacy.

We toured Sharp's new flat screen factory and were briefed by the company's top executives. But the highlight for many of us was the afternoon spent roaming Tokyo's Akihabara Disitrict, the home of large and small shops that sold all matter of electronic gadgets and gizmos. This is my report. It was p[ublished Oct. 18, 1997, in the Scene section of The Courier-Journal.

Gizmo Editor visits Tokyo's Akihabara District by Ric Manning on Scribd

20 years of gizmos

To mark 20 years of covering personal technology for The Courier-Journal and the Gannett newspaper chain, I wrote this look back at the previous two decades. The story includes the arrival of the cellular phone and the DVD as well as bombs like the Coleco computer and RCA's videodisk.

The story was published Feb. 15, 2003.

20 Years of Gizmo by Ric Manning on Scribd

The DVD makes its debut

It seems like DVD players have been around forever. They’re in our computers and our home stereos and you can pick one up for about $30 at Walmart or Target. But it was only 1997 when the first DVD players appeared carrying price tags of about $600.

It would be a few more years before movies on digital discs were as close as a Blockbuster store at the strip mall, a Netflix envelope in your mailbox or a red kiosk at the local McDonald's or convenience store.

I wrote about their debut in a cover story for Scene, the weekend entertainment tabloid published by The courier-Journal in Louisville, KY. This is a PDF version of that article.

DVD machines make their debut by Ric Manning on Scribd

Satellite radio brings music to earthlings

Radio channels beamed from orbiting satellites made their debut in early 2002 when XM and Sirius launched competing subscription services. This is my report for The Courier-Journal, published Feb. 16, 2002.

The launch of satellite radio by Ric Manning on Scribd

A summer afternoon with Mayor Daley's boys

With the 2016 Democratic Convention coming up in a few days, I went back and looked at the photos I shot at my first political convention.

In the summer of 1968, some friends and I decided we needed to check out the DNC in Chicago. We spent the day in Grant Park listening to hippies and activists. I have a shot of Jerry Rubin, Alan Ginsburg and William Burroughs with Phil Ochs in the background.

When the crowd set off toward the convention site, we tagged along with them until the police blocked the route. We chose to skip the fun with billy clubs, but we did get a few whiffs of tear gas later in Old Town.

Here's my photo gallery.

Dress rehearsal for World War III

In the summer of 1987, I accompanied the 194th Armored Brigade to fight he Russians in the Mojave Desert. 

The brigade was stationed at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Trip to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California was part of the Army's reinvigorated training program that let its tank brigades test their battlefield skills against the Opfor, the home team forces that studied and used the tactics of the Soviet military. 

My story and Pam Spaulding's photos appeared in the Courier-Journal's Sunday Magazine on June 14, 1987.

Dress Rehearsal doer World War III by Ric Manning on Scribd