"Through his own research, he discovered that ham radio stations
transmitted out of federal housing projects didn’t need the permission
of management to set up their own broadcast hubs — a fortuitous
loophole. He got his license and built the radio station out of his
bedroom, with the antenna hung out of his window. The background chatter
of other people’s activities somewhere else in the world fascinated him.
Decades later in 1970s Silicon Valley, Lawson found an opening through
which he could escape to what he truly loved, and provide children
around the world their own escape. The self-taught engineer without a
college education was behind one of the most significant inventions of
the century: the first video game system with interchangeable
cartridges, which revolutionized the burgeoning industry of home video
gaming. In the developing world of pastoral, cow-town Silicon Valley, he
did so as one of the sector’s few Black men."
Via Frederick Wilson II.
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