A 1960s Classic Gets a 21st-Century Update

Finally, and not least, my rediscovery of this video, four decades after I first saw it, is a reminder of one of the most uncelebrated features of the Internet age: the unprecedented ability to explore our own past; the thousands of little epiphanies we experience when we stumble upon old episodes of Captain Kangaroo, or see commercials for Easy-Bake Ovens or see an old 8mm film some long-lost high school classmate has posted of our common childhoods. For generations, this was a very rare event, that one-time visit to grandma's attic or the discovery of a box in the back of the closet. Now, it can happen several times in a single day, even in an hour's worth of surfing on the Web. You click on a link and suddenly you're 14 years old, sitting on the living room floor in your parent's house, watching an old RCA color TV, and about to have your mind blown …

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Michael S. Malone is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News, as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the ABCNEWS.com "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.

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