Today’s lesson: being first doesn’t always make you the winner. Today in 1975, the first VCR went on sale in Japan. It was the Betamax. Never heard of it? Ah, youth. The Betamax was the first, but the VHS format came quickly on its heels and won the tug of war over pricing and availability.
Of course, all those $30 VHS tapes are now stocking the shelves of your local thrift stores and flea markets while Blu-ray, 3D and the next big thing fight for the home viewer’s dollar.
It’s only a matter of time before Feel-A-Round becomes real, so celebrate today by boxing up all those Bob Ross painting videotapes you recorded and making room for your virtual holographically projected life partner.