Death of an Antenna Ball | ZAPSOCK

I’m Old School

I’m not that old, but I am from an old school generation.

I still remember the times when we didn’t have the internet in the home. We didn’t even have a computer.

The most high tech devices in our home were:

  • Our top loading VCR
  • The 8-bit NES
  • My dad’s work pager

Oh yeah, my mom had a word processor. In fact, she was able to sell her services as a typist. Now everyone’s a typist.

Antenna Balls or Antenna Toppers

Whatever you want to call them.

I guess a ball would be a topper but a topper wouldn’t necessarily be a ball.

What does this have to do with anything?

Antenna balls were awesome!

I remember when you would see half the cars on the road with a 76 antenna ball. The sign for the gas station itself was a ginormous antenna ball!

I don’t remember if you had to buy them or if they gave them away free, but it was one of the most genius forms of increasing brand awareness.

Then everyone jumped on the band wagon.

Then came the death of the antenna ball. Cars don’t have antennas anymore. Radio isn’t analog anymore.

So what will the next “antenna ball” be?

Will it be your idea?