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Aug 23, 2015

Hello, everyone, and welcome to another episode of Floppy Days, the show about home computers of the late 70’s through the 80’s.  The next machine up to cover on the timeline is the Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer, affectionately known as the CoCo.  Since there’s SOO much information to cover about this interesting machine, it will be a multi-parter, with the first episode covering the history of the CoCo.  I was lucky enough to get one of the authors of THE CoCo history book, my good friend Boisy Pitre, to come on the show and co-host this with me.  We’re going to cover the history of the CoCo from before its inception, through its introduction, until its eventual cancellation.  Boisy provides a fantastic perspective on the life and career of this machine and I think you’ll enjoy it.


Before delving into the main part of the show, I’ll cover a little bit of news, new acquisitions and feedback.

Links Mentioned in the Show:


New Acquisitions




Interview with Co-host Boisy Pitre

Al Hartman
eight and a half years ago

At Radio Shack we sold Videotext terminals that used the same case and keyboard as the Coco 1. Where the memory size badge was, was an LED that was the carrier detect light.

On the TV screen, it was the same 32 column black on green Coco text screen. I'd bet it was based on the same reference design.