Today being the official, traditional launch of the December holidays gift giving season, it was while playing back a CD and preparing my breakfast this early a.m. that I found my thoughts fondly flashing back to my own, all-time fave, “Black Friday” shopping experience.
It was on this very day, back in 1973, that my father and I had been shopping at a locally owned appliance store… one which was just beginning to branch out into audio / video gear. We had momentarily gone off in different directions… little doubt… catching my ear was a progressive rock FM station’s broadcast blasting forth a Track from the (then) newest Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) LP.
My eyes eventually caught up with my ears and they instantly widened upon spotting the Fisher™ 180 receiver connected to ElectroVoice™ model-13 speakers and a Garrard™ 40B turntable. My own Sears™ turntable having died mere days earlier (coincidentally while playing a two years older ELP Track), I recognized this sound system to be an audiophile’s dream come true.
At that moment, the only sound that could’ve possibly brought me back down to earth was my dad’s own voice. Seeing how I was already familiar with the reliability / durability of these manufacturers’ products, before any sales associate had even approached us, I was already delivering my own sales pitch.
My father…  knowing that his community college attending son was working towards his broadcast arts degree…  understanding how vital it was for me to stay connected to the radio and music industry… and  agreeing that this high quality, hi-tech had a low price tag attached… well… he knew he had found his gift to me. Even better… seeing how I had already seen it… he didn’t even make me wait until Christmas morn to “unwrap it”.
And while the Garrard™ turntable had eventually proven to be the most vulnerable to the ravages of old age… the amplification of my morning, wake-up music… on this very day (45 years later!)… was courtesy of my father… courtesy of that vintage, very same Fisher™ receiver… still the driving force behind those ElectoVoice™ tweeters and woofers!
And while my dad lived on only fifteen years beyond his Christmas ’73 present to me… my feeling of connection transcends the tech… transcends time.
Indeed, there is that connection to Christmases past… that genetic connection, too… for, dad’s gift just keeps on giving!