Good day '99ers. I believe it was 1981 but may have been '82. Prior to Christmas, whichever year that was, my father was asking me if I would rather get a 16K RAM upgrade for my current ZX81, or TRS 80 CoCo, or TI-99/4A. Atari 8 bits I guess were too expensive so not on our list of possibilities. Well, gee whiz, real keyboard, color, many sound channels, 16K RAM built-in, it was a no-brainer. I must admit I really loved the quality look of the black keyboard and silver case, it reminded me of a televideo terminal. Also my Mom's boss had a TI-99/4 (no 'A') and I got to play Blackjack/Poker on it. After that, 1st up was XB, then later a cassette drive and the glorious Tunnels of Doom, and finally a speech synthesizer. I programmed a simple word processor and a Pitfall-like game in XB. Went into the US Navy, and that TI unit was lost to the past somewhere in time to me. My next computer 2 years later was an Apple IIC which is another story for a different day...I have a TI with PEB and finalgrom setup on my desk and it brings back many joyful memories.