Skip Nav
Geek Culture
People Photoshopped Pokémon Into Popular Movies and It's AWESOME
Tech Tips
Here's How to Share Old Photos From Your Camera Roll on Snapchat
Digital Life
11 New Slang Terms to Memorize If You Want to Stay Cool

Vintage Geek: Bill Cosby's Texas Instruments Ad

Vintage Geek: Bill Cosby's Texas Instruments Ad

It's back to school time, which always gets me thinking about school supplies, school clothes and of course, my good old TI83. Switched put together a list of the Best-Ever Celebrity Gadget Ads last week that served as a great follow up to our look at the Top 10 Celebrity Gadget Endorsements of current day and included a fantastic retro geek Texas Instruments commercial.

The ad, which was made in 1981, features Bill Cosby talking about a price drop for the Texas Instruments TI 99/4A computer — or as he puts it in the ad, "the one with all the memory and tons of software."

As Switched notes, at the time the TI 99/4A was competing against the Commodore's inexpensive Vic-20 and Radio Shack's popular Color Computer so it was virtually forced to drop its price. Of course, a little boost from Bill Cosby, who was still at the height of his Cosby Show fame, did help. To watch the video,

Source

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
treu treu 8 years
I also had the model you plugged into a tv. We'd do a little programming on it, but because we bought it used, we weren't able to save our programs.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I remember that ad!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
i love these old ads! bill Cosby is the coolest!
millarci millarci 8 years
I remember my old TI83. I think I even had a TI82. Great calculator!
lolabella lolabella 8 years
i had the model before that one. you plugged it into your TV. same keyboard, too! wow!
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 8 years
haha Bill COSBY!! j-e-l-l-o!! :)
quantazel quantazel 8 years
I heart these old tech ads, too! Have you seen these? http://wotsit.thingy.com/haj/old-computer-ads.html (sorry, B--I had a Commodore...)
Leopardcc Leopardcc 8 years
man had some stylin sweaters!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 8 years
man had some stylin sweaters!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 8 years
I remember that add. Good ol' Bill.
jdots24 jdots24 8 years
Haha I love vintage computer commercials
Bill Cosby Has Been Charged With Sexual Assault From 2004 Case
35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby
Eddie Murphy Refused to Play Bill Cosby For SNL
Phylicia Rashad Defends Her TV Husband Bill Cosby
Beverly Johnson Says Bill Cosby Drugged Her
Jill Scott Defends Bill Cosby Over Sexual Assault
The Latest Allegations Against Bill Cosby

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Technology & Gadgets
X