Shop Talk: CES 40th Edition
CES will celebrate its 40th Anniversary in January. Below, some early memories of the Consumer Electronics Show. Watch for many more in the special CES 40th Anniversary Insert, in this month’s DEALERSCOPE magazine.
Consultant, Appel Associates
“I was at the very first CES in 1967 in New York City. It was a small group, we all knew each other and we were very friendly. Product was just starting to become available after the war. We had clock radios! No computers or calculators, just offshoots of radios and hi-fi. You can’t find a clock radio these days, that’s for sure, unless you go to the Panasonic booth and look way over in the corner.”
“CES shows were always a marvel, even when it started off in New York in just a couple of hotels. In the old times, it was important to connect personally with people. These are the people who really built the industry. I never felt good about it being in Vegas, it’s too long a trip and I missed my kid’s birthday every January 8th.”