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Throwback Thursday – Vinyl Records And Beyond

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Anyone who grew up in the fifties, sixties or seventies probably had a collection of vinyl records, whether 45’s (45 RPM singles) or LP’s (Long Playing 33 1/3 RPM albums). You may not know the history behind their development or the evolution of high fidelity (hi-fi) recording techniques. And you may not be aware of the real reason those 45 RPM records had large holes for the center spindle. But You listened to music recorded on them.

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In the 1930’s recordings were made using vibrating needles to etch shellac discs. Playback was accomplished by spinning the disc at the same 78 RPM at which it was recorded and playing it back with another needed tracing the same analog pattern to reproduce as much of the original sound as had been captured. By today’s standards – and even the standards of 40 years ago – the resulting recording were fairly low…

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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