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#1 Opry99er OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:26 PM

I had to go to Colorado this week for my grandmother's funeral. Sad time. We started the initial process of assessing the contents of her house, and (as some of you know) her basement is a floor to ceiling disaster. Over the past decade, I have been able to recover several boxes of TI stuff from her basement, including P Boxes, cartridges, disks, cassettes, consoles, a printer, etc.

This week, during a quick survey of the basement, I uncovered a large box full of documents, manuals, and brochures relating to Tronics--most of which are from 1983. A cursory look through the materials gave me the impression that these are docs which have never been scanned in or archived before now. I will take some aerial shots of the collection when I get home and then get to scanning.

I know that in that basement still exists at least one trunk full of cartridges and potentially another loaded PBox. There are some Tronics clothes and at least one Tronics trucker hat in a bag down there somewhere, and (unless I'm gravely mistaken) there is also a unique console with a blue Tronics logo/decal across the top part of the console.

This trip wasn't about treasure hunting. This trip was for grieving with my family, remembering my grandmother, giving thanks, and planning for the disposition of her humble/meager estate. I plan on going back out in April or May to help my uncles take care of the clean-up efforts and, at that time, I will see if I can recover the remainder of my dad's 1983 Tronics haul.

May take me some time to get all the scanning done, but for now--I can tell you there are product brochures, sales manuals, and several other interesting and unique items from 35 years ago... some of which are still sealed in cellophane.

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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:46 PM

More data on Tronics is always a good thing, Opry99er!  :)  :) 



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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:33 PM

i love finds like this!  i'm truly sorry for the circumstance, though.

 

My aunt last earlier this year sent me a box of a bunch of stuff of my dad's- it was so much fun going through the disks.



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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:36 PM

Did she work for Tronics?



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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:47 PM

R.Cade, my dad was the warehouse manager for the Ft. Worth location, and my mom answered phones in the front office. When Tronics folded up, they let dad fill his car up with whatever he wanted. The stuff in gram's basement is the last of that big haul.

I often give him sh** for not grabbing more 3rd party stuff, but he says "we never thought this stuff would be worth anything... the company closed and the warehouse contents were auctioned off after the staff was laid off. We just grabbed the stuff we thought we could use for playing games."

He gave a complete and fully expanded TI system to my maternal grandparents, my paternal grandparents, and both my uncles. All was lost except for the stuff dad gave to me and my big sister, and the boxes of stuff at my dad's mom's house (Grammy). She was my last living grandparent.

Edited by Opry99er, Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:49 PM.


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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:48 PM

i love finds like this!  i'm truly sorry for the circumstance, though.
 
My aunt last earlier this year sent me a box of a bunch of stuff of my dad's- it was so much fun going through the disks.


Thanks, Nate. :)

Family finds are always the best.

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Posted Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:33 PM

My condolences.  It's hard to lose someone you know, especially family.



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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:28 PM

Round one. There is much more. :)

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:31 PM

Round 2. Some interesting stuff here.

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:29 PM

That program library document looks most promising. . .as do several of the others. The printer interfacing document is a very good find as well. . .



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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:32 PM

The colour monitor safety tips booklet not seen one of those before.... wow nice collection of items.

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Posted Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:35 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm going to start going through these hopefully tomorrow morning--maybe trying to scan a few pages a day before I go in to work. First thing I want to get up is a high resolution scan of the program library, since there seems to be some interest here and on the FB group. It would make a nice poster or t-shirt. :)

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Posted Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:53 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm going to start going through these hopefully tomorrow morning--maybe trying to scan a few pages a day before I go in to work. First thing I want to get up is a high resolution scan of the program library, since there seems to be some interest here and on the FB group. It would make a nice poster or t-shirt. :)

 

Bring it on!



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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:37 AM

Thanks for the replies, guys. I'm going to start going through these hopefully tomorrow morning--maybe trying to scan a few pages a day before I go in to work. First thing I want to get up is a high resolution scan of the program library, since there seems to be some interest here and on the FB group. It would make a nice poster or t-shirt. :)

dude, id be down with either one.



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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:32 AM

Here's my first attempt at a scan of the Tronics cover

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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:50 PM

Here's my first attempt at a scan of the Tronics cover

 

Hey I like it!  I don't have any Tronics stuff myself, but I thought it would be cool to use on one of my TI 3 ring binders, so I edited it and cleaned it up a tad.

 

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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:31 PM

Nice!




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