Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 09:18 AM.

It was easiest to conceal in early April and October, because the weather was such that a boy could wear a long sleeve shirt to school in Alabama and not look too odd.

Both of these times of year were best because it meant I could hide “my equipment” for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day and the World Series.  Many more games were played during the day back then – there was no ESPN or Internet or all these fancy phones that you could watch a baseball game on.

There was radio…

It was AM radio…

It was heaven…

My Papa (grandfather) not only sold televisions, radios and record players, but he also liked buying and making cool gadgets and that was good for a grandson.

One of the best gadgets he ever gave me was a very small transistor radio he had picked up or put together.  It could easily be hidden in a pocket or taped to a young boy’s hairless chest making him feel like an undercover agent.  An earpiece could be plugged in the radio and the wire fed through a long sleeve shirt leaving the little white earpiece speaker sticking out of the cuff of a long sleeve shirt.

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