One prominent aspect of my high school career was the idea of a mixtape, and the man who made it possible, Lou Ottens has passed away .
The art of the mixtape continued into the 90s, transitioning to CDs. In the transition, I think the mixtape lost something. When you create a tape for someone, the order of the songs is important, but CDs let you jump around, so you lost some of that magic. Nowadays, I guess you could share Spotify or YouTube playlists, but does anyone do that?
The cassette was also my first storage device for the first computer I used regularly, the TRS-80 Color Computer I. It was finicky and slow, and I loved it.