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Please, let's not discuss De Forest, as I'm unsure how long I could remain civil. He "invented" the first amplifier much like a monkey invents anything; he just stuck some parts together in the hopes of making something patentable. Even years later, after he had been supposedly educated by RCA (he was being used as a weapon in their own litigation), De Forest was unable to describe in court how his own "invention" worked.

Oh dear, I said I wasn't going to discuss him, sorry. Yes, radio was a vast magical world. I fell asleep many nights listening to old radio plays with a transistor radio under the pillow, and later learned tube theory and circuits in the army.

Heartily recommend Ken Burns' Empire of the Air for anyone still reading; I'm sure Michael is already aware.

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