January 1975 Issue
The cover of this issue of Popular Electronics (also known affectionately as "Poptronics") screamed "World's First Minicomputer Kit to Rival Commercial Models... ALTAIR 8800". This image helped to give birth to the personal computing revolution but it wasn't short of hyperbole! The Altair 8800 couldnt properly be described as a minicomputer at all (no terminal, no keyboard, no hard disk, no operating system) but came to be known as a Microcomputer. The "SAVE OVER $1000" was a bit misleading too as the whole kit (assembled or unassembled) cost under $1000. To read the whole article see the First Computer Museum of Nova Scotia's page on the Jan 1975 Poptronics Altair article.
This fine scan of the magazine cover was provided to the DigiBarn by Stan Veit (see his comments below) . The DigiBarn would love to have an original copy of this magazine, please let us know if you can spare one!
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