I remember being captivated as a teenager by an issue of Popular Mechanics that introduced the BASIC programming language. It would have been late 70's or early 80's.

Anyone know how to find which issue it was?

2 Answers 2


There's an article in the August 1979 issue introducing BASIC as opposed to an ad mentioning it.

Found by going to the Google archive of the magazine, entering 'BASIC language' in the search box, ticking 'Search All Issues' and clicking the 'Search Inside' button.

  • Via alternate searches like "basic programming" and "basic computer" I found an article on mini-computers in the October 1972 which has a paragraph mentioning BASIC too. Your find matches the OP's description and date range better, though.
    – natevw
    Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 23:20

Google has, I believe, all issues cataloged and available.

I'm not sure what you're looking for but perhaps this one.

  • Is there really an article on BASIC in the linked issue?
    – dave
    Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 1:29
  • I'm not sure, but it appears all the issues are there.
    – jwh20
    Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 1:40
  • I certainly didn't find any
    – JoelFan
    Commented Oct 19, 2021 at 3:07

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