And then the world changed in 1983, when the TRS-80 Model 100
portable was released for sale. TRS stood for Tandy Radio Shack …
the developer and the outlets where you could buy one.
Everyone called it the “Trash 80.” They were so reasonably priced
that we could buy them ourselves if the newspaper balked. They
weighed 3.1 pounds and could run for hours with four AA batteries.
There was no longer a class structure in the press box. The
Portabubbles were gone (except for a few holdouts such as Roe).
The Silent Writers were sent crashing to a well-earned graveyard.
We all were carrying Trash 80s. The question among the former
underclass in the press box went from, “Hey, do you have an extra
roll of paper for this piece of bleep?” to “Hey, do you have any
extra batteries for our little buddy here?”