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Gary Borders: On being the nerdy Heathkit kid

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Did you like to build shortwave radios as a kid? Commentator Gary Borders did. He reflects back to the days when he pored over his Heathkit catalog. Naturally, today, if you search for Heathkit on YouTube you’ll find a wealth of how-to guides on assembling these radios. Too bad those weren’t around when Gary and his gang needed them in the 1960s.

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 40 years. He works now as a freelance writer, editor and photographer. You can see his work at garyborders.com. He has written for World Wildlife magazine, Texas Monthly, Texas Observer and Airstream Life.