Thursday, July 02, 2015

Baer's Office In a Museum!

Worthy of a mention - The National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. has finished and opened up their latest display. It’s Ralph Baer’s workshop.

Those of us who are old enough to remember the 1980’s and the early days of gaming, we know Baer as the ‘father of video games.’ He created the first console, the Odyssey, and held over 150 patents. He is one of the first to hold a degree in Science in Television Engineering, worked for NASA, and fought in WWII.

The man is a legend among the video game nerds of old. He passed away in December of 2014 at the age of 92. But now! You can see his workshop where he built some of his creations, including the video game console. While some of the pieces in the display are recreations, a number of items are original pieces. Furniture and computers were given the preservation treatment so Baer’s shop could come to life.

You’ll also find a trademark jacket that he wore, some stuffed animals, and a few gaming Easter Eggs. We gamers like our eggs. The display is open now, and there isn’t an end date listed for it. Looks like it may be a part of their permanent collection.

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