1979 KP Discos

KP Snacks is a British producer of branded and own-label maize-, potato-, and nut-based snacks, “Choc Dips” and nuts. The KP originally stood forKenyon Produce. The company is based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

The company was founded in 1853 as Kenyon & Son as a producer of confectionery, jam and pickles. By 1891 the company had become Kenyon & Son and Craven Limited. The company switched to producing roasted and salted hazelnuts in 1948, expanding to peanuts later. These were originally produced for sale in cinemas. In 1952 the company introduced Hercules Nuts and in 1953 the No.1 KP Nuts peanut brand.

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1979 Duracell

Duracell originated via the partnership of scientist Samuel Ruben and businessman Philip Rogers Mallory, who met during the 1920s. The P.R. Mallory Companyof Burlington, MA produced mercury batteries for military equipment, trumping the carbon-zinc batteries used then in virtually all applications. During the 1950s, Kodak introduced cameras with a flash: the design required a new cell size, and size AAA was developed.

In 1964, the term “Duracell” was introduced as a brand. The name is a portmanteau for “durable cell.”

The name came from a conversation with A-1 Durable Carpet & Fabric Specialist Inc. and an executive from Mallory Battery which were both from Waterbury CT. The executive called the cleaning company and asked if A-1 Durable Carpet & Fabric Specialist Inc. had a trademark on the name Durable. The executive spoke to the son of the cleaning company, Steven Nobrega. The executive explained how they were thinking of calling a new battery that had a copper cell “Durable Cell” and asked how the name suited the cleaning company. The owner’s son explained that his father was the owner of a franchise originally called “Duraclean”. His father had chosen the new cleaning company name for the cleaning company by dropping the clean in “Duraclean” and added able to Dura to keep the name similar. The two of them started playing with the name for the new battery and the executive and owners son instantly agreed that Duracell was a better name for the new battery.

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1985 Amiga Home Computer

Development of the Amiga began in 1982 with Jay Miner, developer of the Atari 800 chip set, as the principal hardware designer ofAmiga Corporation. It was initially intended to be a next generation video game machine, but was redesigned as a general purpose computer after the North American video game crash of 1983.  A prototype of the full computer was shown to the public for the first time at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show in 1984.   In order to bring the design to market Commodore International bought Amiga Corporation and funded development. The first model was released in 1985 as simply “The Amiga from Commodore”, later to be retroactively dubbed the Amiga 1000. The following year the Amiga product line was expanded with the introduction of two new models: the Amiga 2000 for high-end graphics and business use, and the Amiga 500 for home use. Commodore later released other Amiga models, both for low-end gaming use and high-end productivity use.

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1984 Input Magazine

Input was a partwork published by Marshall Cavendish in the United Kingdom during 1984 and 1985, covering the subject of home computer programming.

It was composed of 52 weekly editions which introduced several parallel themes (such as computer graphics, word processing, CAD, games etc) in each edition. These themes then were slowly developed with each new edition into BASIC and assembly language programs. The resulting programs were intended to run on a selection of the most popular home computers in the UK at the time: the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron andDragon 32. A subset of the programs were also suitable for the Sinclair ZX81, Commodore VIC-20 and Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer.

The magazine was well-known among hobbyists using these early computer architectures, since it provided a useful source of interesting programs in a wide range of themes.

As was usually the case in home computer magazines of the era, the programs were listed in the pages of the magazine, and readers had to type them manually into their computers.

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1986 British Gas

British Gas is a leading energy and home services provider in the United Kingdom. It is a trading name of British Gas Services Limited and British Gas New Heating Limited and is a subsidiary of Centrica.

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