The Last VCR

The news that the supposed last maker of VCRs, Funai Electric, will cease production on the video medium at the end of this month took me back to this blog item I wrote in 2009.

That’s when I retired my previous VCR, a Hitachi VT 2000A workshorse that served me well for 21 (!) years.

They say otherwise, but I’m still convinced that my first college roommates invited me to live with them because I was the only one they knew who had one. Happily, the friendship has outlasted the machines.

So sayonara to one of my favorite technologies!

P.S. I still have a few blank cassettes, if you know anyone who is looking.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

3 thoughts on “The Last VCR

  1. What email address / addresses to contact for questions?
    Thank you for keeping all aware of the state of the art.

    Don Branscombe
    IPC Master Level Trainer ( all IPC Core courses )

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