The long-playing vinyl phonograph record turns 64 today.
Like many other entities beginning their 65th year, many folks think the LP should retire already. Others say these veterans of the turntable still hold their own compared to those young whipper-snappers (digital files).
For the, um, record, it was on this date in 1948 that Columbia Records first demonstrated the 12-inch microgroove vinyl album. It contained an incredible 22 minutes of music on each side.
This wasn't the first try at a long-playing record - but it was the first product that was reliable and successful in the marketplace.
I've spun a few over the years on the DC airwaves - and both the records and I have gotten a little scratch in return. Vinyl sounds sweet, but it is nice to forego all the clicks and pops of the old days.