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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,


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treu treu 9 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 9 years
I remember that ad!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i love these old ads! bill Cosby is the coolest!
millarci millarci 9 years
I remember my old TI83. I think I even had a TI82. Great calculator!
lolabella lolabella 9 years
i had the model before that one. you plugged it into your TV. same keyboard, too! wow!
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
haha Bill COSBY!! j-e-l-l-o!! :)
quantazel quantazel 9 years
I heart these old tech ads, too! Have you seen these? (sorry, B--I had a Commodore...)
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
man had some stylin sweaters!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
man had some stylin sweaters!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I remember that add. Good ol' Bill.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
Haha I love vintage computer commercials
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