Carl & Jerry PDF – “Trapped in a Chimney”

Carl & Jerry PDF – “Trapped in a Chimney”

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In the MAKE comments Tofarley wrote a mini-review fo the Carl and Jerry stories book that we have featured here –

I just thought I’d let people know that I ordered a copy of this book from Lulu, and I was pleasantly surprised. The book is extremely high quality, I would have never guessed that it had come from an independent publisher if I hadn’t ordered it myself.

The Carl and Jerry stories themselves are interesting (if not cheesy). I’m learning electronics right now, and it’s embarrassingly exciting when they discuss a topic that I recently learned about.

Overall, if you’re looking for a little nostalgia, or if you want to see what all the fuss is about because you weren’t alive in the 1950’s, then you should definitely pick up a copy of this book for yourself.

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And…. Jeff just posted up another Carl & Jerry story PDF from the February 1957 Popular Electronics called “Trapped in a Chimney”. Carl & Jerry stories are some of my favorites, the original author John T. Frye wrote over 119 tales of electronic hackery – the book Jeff recently published of the stories with Copper Wood is fantastic and it’s now part of my perma-MAKE collection of electronics books. Jeff is experimenting with giving away a PDF a week or so to see if it helps sales of the book so go grab it here – Link (PDF) & if you like it go buy a copy of the book.

8 thoughts on “Carl & Jerry PDF – “Trapped in a Chimney”

  1. DiscGolferPro says:

    I really enjoyed this too. Can’t wait for Volume 2.

  2. jeff_duntemann says:


    Many thanks for buying the book! Volume 2 is already available from Lulu. I’m starting to lay out Volume 3, and it should be done some time in May. All 119 stories (in five volumes) will be in print by the fall, and I will be releasing free PDFs of random single stories every week or ten days, as time permits.

  3. garyfixler says:

    Oh no! They went down the hatch. Now they’re going to have to assemble those electronics every 108 minutes.

  4. says:

    Regarding “I would never have guessed it’s from an independent publisher,” actually, the publisher, Jeff Duntemann, is the man behind Coriolis Press, and earlier, Visual Developer Magazine, and earlier than that, Borland’s magazine Turbo Technix. So Carl and Jerry are in professional hands!

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