1983: The Tandy 2000

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RadioShack tapped none other than Bill Gates (left) to tout is Tandy 2000 personal computer, which just happened to use Microsoft's (MSFT, Tech30) MS-DOS operating system. Famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov (right) also helped promote the chain's line of computers and word processors, which at the time seemed quite futuristic indeed.

First published February 3, 2015: 1:36 PM ET