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Blast from the Past

22 May

WOW – mom got all sentimental on this toy from her childhood.  The Little Professor was released in June 1976 from Texas Instruments.  It was marketed as the first electronic educational toy.  I think this is where mom found her fondness of math and to these day loves numbers.  So many people hate math but it’s really in the way it is presented.  I think by having fun with the Little Professor, mom started off with a fondness of math.   She got that far away look in her eyes and reminisced about being 7 and walking around the house ‘calculating’.  She got pretty good at it too!

I checked this item out on ebay as well.  It runs from around $25.00 and up.  Not a good turn around knowing that when it first came out in 1976, the price was $20.00.

Daddy never had one growing up – maybe that explains his dislike for math.  I wonder if it’s too late for this little piggy to start using it?

Did you have a Little Professor?  Do tell.

 
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52 responses to “Blast from the Past

  1. easyweimaraner

    05/22/2014 at 12:39 pm

    Oh that explains a lot… mom never had such a toy… btw: TheNuttyProfessor # inmypants :o)

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 12:46 pm

      Snorts! XOXO – Bacon

       
  2. Reilly & Denny

    05/22/2014 at 1:06 pm

    never seen one of those before 🙂

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 2:10 pm

      Mommy said it was the bestest of all fun … at least for her – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  3. Frankie and Ernie

    05/22/2014 at 1:07 pm

    Sarge’s mom had one that furst Christmas… SHE was SEVEN that year ALSO. The NEXT year she got ANOTHER Math thingy… that one looked like somethingy from outter space. AND she does MATH Every day on her job.

    BLAST from the Past…

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 2:11 pm

      So does my mom! Isn’t it great. I think that’s when it starts, when they are young and they learn to LOVE math. Daddy says eeww – he hates numbers… snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  4. Genevieve Petrillo

    05/22/2014 at 1:09 pm

    Mom and I have never had a Little Professor. We both stink at Math. We’ll have to click over to eBay and see if it’s too late…..

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 2:11 pm

      It’s great fun and makes you quick and then you’ll start to love numbers… remember math is our friend 🙂 … well so says mommy. XOXO – Bacon

       
  5. Molly The Wally

    05/22/2014 at 1:33 pm

    We have never seen that before. Gosh it was expensive back in the day. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 2:12 pm

      Yes it was! I tell you mom got years of enjoyment out of it. I’m off to see if it will play with me and make me smarter with numbers – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  6. andy1076

    05/22/2014 at 1:59 pm

    heh how nostalgic, I still remember the days when an adding machine was considered the coolest thing, it was massive but it did the job 🙂

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 2:13 pm

      oh YES! And you should see the hunk of metal of a typewriter that mommy started pounding on around seven. That thing looks ancient! XOXO – Bacon

       
      • andy1076

        05/22/2014 at 2:32 pm

        lol that’s how I learned too! you used to have to slap that paddle to reset the position, boy those were the days!

         
      • PigLove

        05/22/2014 at 3:37 pm

        YES IT WAS! Fun, FUN times. XOXO – Bacon

         
  7. purrfectkitties

    05/22/2014 at 2:27 pm

    Yep that explains EVERYTHING! MOL 😉 We’ve never seen one of those thingies before… nor has the human (which probably explains why she sucks at Math too…) 😉 MOL 😆 xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 3:37 pm

      Snorts! Too funny. This thing still works. Daddy is *trying* to play with it. Trust me, it’s not going too well for him – PLOL (piggy laughing out loud). XOXO – Bacon

       
      • purrfectkitties

        05/22/2014 at 3:47 pm

        MOL (Meow out lod) 😉 xoxo Roxy & Tigerlino ❤

         
  8. angelswhisper2011

    05/22/2014 at 4:02 pm

    Oh, Granny wished she had a Professor like that in that days. She could used a little help for maths… Bacon, we have a present for you on our blog. Pawkisses 🙂

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 5:00 pm

      ooohhh squeal – I love surprises… I’m off to look my sweet friend. XOXO – Bacon

       
  9. merbear74

    05/22/2014 at 4:23 pm

    I did!

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 5:01 pm

      Wasn’t it fun!!?? XOXO – Bacon

       
  10. gentlestitches

    05/22/2014 at 7:11 pm

    It is never too late to learn that maths can be fun. 🙂

     
    • PigLove

      05/22/2014 at 8:45 pm

      That’s right Auntie Sharon! XOXO – Bacon

       
  11. dezizworld

    05/23/2014 at 1:40 am

    Wow yous mommy’s weally yung. Mommy didn’t even knnow what dat wus. MOL

    Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥

    Dezi

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 8:37 am

      Mommy young? Snorts – she’s going to love that. In fact, I think my mommy came from the time when Moby Dick was a minnow – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
      • dezizworld

        05/23/2014 at 12:36 pm

        MOL You’s so funny Bacon. Yous mommy is yungew den meez mommy fuw suwe. MOL

        Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses ♥♥♥

        Dezi

         
  12. wallaceandsamuel

    05/23/2014 at 1:46 am

    Mom was born 6 months after Little Professor made his debut…but she says that she has seen him , she thinks her big sister (our Aunty Kym) may have had one.
    Wally & Sammy

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 8:39 am

      It was definitely a great and fun toy – so my mom says. It’s a hoot. Daddy played with it a lot last night. Snorts – can you believe he put down his Angry Bird game to play math? XOXO – Bacon

       
  13. ifdestroyedstilltrue

    05/23/2014 at 5:48 am

    Woah! I had one of those in the 80s! I’d completely forgotten about it. It didn’t make me enjoy maths any more though.

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 8:47 am

      Oh no! I truly believe mommy fell off the turnip truck as a small child and hit her head thus making her love math. That has to be it – snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  14. evilsquirrel13

    05/23/2014 at 5:49 am

    Don’t remember if me or my sisters had one or not, but I do remember them. Back when calculators actually did practical math and not your calculus homework!

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 8:48 am

      That’s exactly it! Dad *hates* math..I mean HATES. In fact, I think the man has to take his shoes off to count to ten – snorts. He was actually playing with it last night. I said playing because he wasn’t getting a lot of correct answers – double snorts. XOXO – Bacon

       
  15. fozziemum

    05/23/2014 at 6:47 am

    No Bacon I would not recognise him in a line up…maybe why I am mathematically challenged…Fozzziedad is some Math geek..he loves math..not me..unless it’s in a recipe and then is struggle …I run out of fingers and toes bwahaahhah hugs Fozziemum xxx

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 8:57 am

      Snorts. Mommy loves the math and so does my Aunt Tina. My Aunt Tina is actually a math professor 🙂
      I think dad missed that day when they were passing out math skills. He has *none*. That’s why he dropped pre-med cause he couldn’t deal with the numbers. Idiot#inmypants
      XOXO – Bacon

       
      • fozziemum

        05/23/2014 at 9:26 am

        I was put off by my year 10 math teacher in high school..Mr Morelli..he was abig Italian man who only had any care for the Italian in class..he wore a purple bodyshirt..open almost to the waist and had a hairy chest and wore a gold necklace….he stunk! as a teacher not in the B and O department…and so I lost any interest and just sat there reading English Lit material…was a straight A student in everything but passed math by about 1 percent…..I think it was I percent..or one equilateral triangle…or was it a logarithm….maybe it was a ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ oops see what I mean ….Nuttyproffesor#inmypants xxxx Fozziemum

         
      • PigLove

        05/23/2014 at 9:56 am

        Oh that is too funny! It reminds mom of her biology teacher in high school. He was rumored to be an ex-stripper. He wore white pants one day and you could see his underwear that said JINGLEBALLS. It was a snort of a good time that day. jinglealltheway#inmypants XOXO – Bacon

         
      • fozziemum

        05/23/2014 at 10:02 am

        Bwhahahahahaha was it John Travolta ???? bwahahahahha Grease#inmypants xxxx Fozziemum

         
      • PigLove

        05/23/2014 at 10:07 am

        Snorts! What made it bad was that he was bald at this point in his life. Mom had biology during 4th period which was also lunch area. Instead of eating, she would focus on her dissections. He would sometimes stay and help her out. It definitely wasn’t a SchoolofRock#inmypants

         
      • fozziemum

        05/23/2014 at 10:14 am

        Bwahhahaah Kojak#inmypants bwahahahaha ..ewwwwww pretty sure mum would have been better off having lunch than spending it with Flashgordon#inmypants bwahahahah

         
  16. katsrus

    05/23/2014 at 6:41 pm

    I remember that. I was too old for that so I didn’t have one.
    Sue B

     
    • PigLove

      05/23/2014 at 6:58 pm

      Oh no. That makes me want to share moms with you my friend. XOXO – Bacon

       
  17. kolytyi

    05/24/2014 at 7:55 am

    We had a fantastic book about language and grammar for 8-10 years old pupils: http://marvin.bookline.hu/product_content_images/940/0469000570836P_2.JPG

     
    • PigLove

      05/24/2014 at 9:04 am

      OMP. That is so cool!! XOXO – Bacon

       
  18. Marty the Manx

    05/24/2014 at 11:11 pm

    OMC my little brother had one. He still has it and he is 45. Like your mom he loves math and numbers too!
    Marty’s Mom

     
    • PigLove

      05/24/2014 at 11:21 pm

      OMP!! WOW. Mommy is 45 too. So funny my friend. XOXO – Bacon

       
  19. Pink Ninjabi

    05/25/2014 at 10:46 pm

    Sooo cute!

     
    • PigLove

      05/26/2014 at 1:02 pm

      Aaww. Thank you. XOXO – Bacon

       
  20. Deb M

    05/26/2014 at 9:54 pm

    I had one of those!!!!! Good memories, thanks for sharing.:)

     
    • PigLove

      05/27/2014 at 9:00 am

      Thank you for visiting my sweet friend! XOXO – Bacon

       
      • Deb M

        05/27/2014 at 9:29 am

        Your welcome

         
  21. Three Well Beings

    05/26/2014 at 11:52 pm

    My children had a little professor! And my daughter was going through some old boxes in our attic the other day and found her old Speak and Spell. Did you have one of those, too? These were all your first computers, weren’t they! LOL!

     
    • PigLove

      05/27/2014 at 9:02 am

      YES! She has one in the box from the past. Weren’t these the BEST of games?! Be on the lookout in the future for more posts from mom’s Blast from the Past. She kept so much! XOXO – Bacon

       

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