Golden Age of TRS-80: A Look Back At RadioShack Computers
For over half a century, if you wanted to buy electronics parts and gadgets in the United States, one retail chain loomed large above all others: RadioShack. Its combination of distinctive, often novel products with a wide-ranging line of RadioShack-branded merchandise meant that many households in America used at least one RadioShack product regularly.
During the dawning era of the personal computer, RadioShack dipped its toes into the market with its 1977 RadioShack TRS-80 computer. This early consumer PC gained its name from a combination of the store name with that of its parent company, Tandy, resulting in “Tandy/RadioShack” or TRS. Logically, the machine gained its “80” nomenclature thanks to its Zilog Z-80 microprocessor.