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As a kid, Jeff Bezos was a Radio Shack nerd like the rest of us

Jeff Bezos was a Radio Shack nerd
Can we cancel a billionaire who grew up as a Radio Shack junkie?
I lived in Radio Shacks as a kid. I loved the endless aisles or tech. This was long before the chain turned into a phone store, toy store and all the tech vanished as bankruptcy drew ever closer. Apparently a young Jeff Bezos (Amazon mogul) was also a fan of the tech offered by the Shack.

In an excerpt from the book Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos he mentions his mother shuttling him to and from Radio Shack as he turned their garage into a lab of sorts. I remember those days. Long before the interned, smartphones, and wifi, was a world of hands-on fun that garnered our interest, occupied us for hours, and was a starting point for many who took those interests and hobbies into their careers.

Today's kids won't even muster the energy to ride their bike to the corner store. I'm glad I grew up in an era of hands-on fun. The physical world was our playground. I love the convenience of the internet era, but you miss out on a lot when your face is buried in a phone all day. I wish all my early experiences had led to becoming a billionaire, but I've done alright.

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