Probably belongs on the 'stories forum' but I'll

put it here so the Texas Math Teacher spots it:

Before my story, yeah, I'm that advocate of HP-34C.

It has the best cosmetics of all the units and

the red LED display is crisper and more intriguing

than the bland LCD's. It had a very rare quality...

you could actually learn ALL of its functions

and feel that you had mastered something at the end.

This is not the case with 48G+ or even 41C. You

never get to the bottom of it. With HP-34C you do.

I like that a lot about anything..... a toaster,

a TV set, a stereo. I don't want to keep learning

about it forever. Yes, 34C drained batteries too fast.

***************** STORY ***************

I always will have the finest memory in high school

mathematics class (I was in the 'advanced' calculus

program). The time was 1980.

At the time, the HP Calculators were around, but

very expensive. Schools would encourage you to

purchase a TI-30 for trig and calculus. People knew

about the HP but refrained ("ugh, for Einsten, and

there's no eeekwulz button).

I was interested in the superior unit and had earned

the money and bought one. I had been told how RPN

would make the calculator work better than a TI-30

and I had mastered the 34C and really liked it.

It was a fine fine complement to going thru teenager

trig and calculus classes. (later I used it thru college).

The high school math teacher was skeptical.

That was "Mr. Hilton" out near Lynnwood, WA.

He preferred the 'one with the eekwulz button'.

He was probably intimidated that I had

bought this extremely expensive HP calculator

that he couldn't afford on teacher's pay and would not know how to use. (HP calc cost a LOT of income at the time).

And some of the students had noticed it and were

wondering just what I was up to; was it worthwhile.

The TI-30 the schools & teachers recommended is

pretty much useless for doing anything

more complex than 2+2=4 . If you think about it,

a calculator is for things more complicated than

what an 8 year old can do in his head.

RPN supports that complexity. An 'eeekwulz' button does not.

AND SO, we were going thru the calculus class one day

and dealing with a problem. We had actual numbers

to plug into a big formula, the teacher wanted to get

a numerical answer.

EXACTLY the situation for which RPN existed.

So, we've set the stage for something humorous.

....................

The teacher pulled out his "Texas Instruments"

pile of crap, the one with the eekwulz button.

He started pushing buttons, trying to use the

memory (this plus this, eekwulz, I'll store this.....

EQUALS, OOPS, got to start over, EQUALS, mumble mumble,

store this, DARN, rats) yeah, he was carrying on like that

because the formula was kind of complicated.

Like a relaxed sharpshooter, I reached down to

the book-pile on the floor at my high school desk........

I pulled up the HP-34C (in its fancy fur-padded pouch).

I removed it from the pouch. I began typing the formula,

ONE TIME ONLY, without hurrying,

and in seconds I had the answer.

The teacher was still mumbling and saying

'eekwulz, recall that, eekwulz, store this, eekwulz, OOPS',

and then, I stated the answer to him.

He simply put away his TI-30 calculator and wrote the

answer on the board.

He said 'Norm has one of those expensive HP

calculators. It uses a system called RPN which is

supposed to make it more practical to use on

difficult formulas like this. I don't know if

its true...... well...... maybe it is".

"We'll just trust him on this answer".

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Savored the moment to this day.