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 Video: Dick Smith talks about his early years and his adventures
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:40:16 AM on 3 January 2015.
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Back on November 14, Dick Smith addressed the Manly-Warringah Radio Society and his talk was videoed.

In this 1:18:00 session Dick "talks about how he got started, the early Dick Smith Electronics days, his round the world adventures in a helicopter, balloon, and plane, and how amateur radio played a huge part in his adventures and saved his life."

The first 25 minutes Dick discusses his early days, and it brought back some memories for me. I shopped many times for components at Kitsets Australia in Stones Arcade Dee Why, and I was served by Dick when he was operating his components business out of an old house at 10 Chandos Street, St Leonards.

I also recall many times queuing in line down the stairs at George Brown Electrical in Clarence Street during my lunch hour -- eating my sandwiches because it was going to take the full hour to get served.

It's a long video, but Dick is nothing if not a great raconteur so I think folks should find the whole thing fascinating:


 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 3:36:03 AM on 6 January 2015.
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What a nice guy D.S. is.
Very interesting details of his early years and entrepreneurial motivation.
I had forgotten about Weston (sp?) two-way radios, but as I recall they had almost a monopoly on the taxi business and stuck with low band AM (the sound of those distorted radios in cabs) when the two-way industry had otherwise moved to FM. Having repaired and installed my share of 2-way's, I remember AWA not really even trying to crack the Taxi market, strange...Smoke

 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 12:12:50 AM on 7 January 2015.
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At end of video he almost concedes defeat on promoting Australian owned foods.

Recently he said Aldi will wipe out Woolies and Coles within 15 years:
"Both of them will go broke...We'll end with two of everything.."

So foreign-owned retailers will be selling foreign-owned processed foods & beer
(mainly owned by five Euro gigacorporations: Nestle, Unilever, Aldi, InBev, SAB).

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