Techies remember Radio Shack

Fortune

Radio Shack [fortune-stock symbol=”RSH”] is on its last legs, reportedly in talks to shut down and sell its storefronts to companies like Sprint [fortune-stock symbol=”S”] and Amazon [fortune-stock symbol=”AMZN”].

For many technologists, this is much more than just the loss of another strip mall retailer — it’s the end of where their passion really began. The place where they bought their first transistor, the place where they first learned to code. Fortune’s Term Sheet newsletter asked readers to submit their first memories or early experiences at Radio Shack, and got lots of nostalgic replies.

Below are some of our favorites:

[ts_bullet_primary] “Radio Shack was always my favorite store as a child. From their Battery of the Month Club, to their vacuum tube testers (remember those?) to their electronics kits and soldering irons, I was hooked as a young boy. No wonder I was always getting chased out of there!…

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