Wazoo Posted October 21, 2004 Share Posted October 21, 2004 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6268538/ ... “I would like people to take Godzilla more seriously,” said Bill Tsutsui, a history professor at the University of Kansas and author of the book “Godzilla on My Mind,” which discusses the history of the monster’s movies. The conference that begins Oct. 28 will offer speeches, panel discussions and free screenings of Godzilla films, including “Gojira,” the Japanese movie that started Godzilla’s career in November 1954. ... Japan’s Toho Co. has produced 27 Godzilla films in five decades, with a 28th movie, “Godzilla: Final Wars,” to be released in December. An American “Godzilla” was released in 1998, though many aficionados don’t consider it a true Godzilla movie. (me --> what an understatement!) .... Takao Shibata, the Japanese consul general in Kansas City, Mo., said the meeting will help educate people about his nation but acknowledged: “The idea of this kind of serious analysis of the evolution of Godzilla — it never occurred to me.” ... Interesting side note ... it's also the 50th anniversary of the transistor radio ... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6288916/ ... It was on June 18, 1954 that a small U.S. company which manufactured signal boosters announced they had come up with a way to make radios portable. Before that date radios ran on tubes, which needed AC power or 120 volts worth of batteries. Tube radios were just way too big and heavy to fit in your pocket. But the people at Regency based their radio on a product from a company called Texas Instruments — the transistor. ... The transistors cost $2.50 each back then — that’s like $17 for each one in 2004 dollars. The TR-1 sold for $49.95 in 1954 — which would be $350 today. ... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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