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Two decades ago this week, a 13-year-old girl bought a black-and-white Duran Duran fedora at a county fair near Spokane, WA. Also, a maker of pocket calculators, digital watches and one of the first personal computers put his first three-wheeled electric car on sale. What does the first have to do with the second? Context, baby. It was the go-go 80s: Investors were looking for the next big thing. Was the Sinclair C5 it? Uh, no.

'Bad Press' blamed for electric car failure [Gulf Daily News]

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