I built a lot of Radio Shack kits. I built a pixe tube clock, an atomic clock radio, I bought a Realist Navaho Base Station when I was 12 years old.
Radio Shack sold one of the first home pcs too. In the 70s and 80s Radio Shack actually designed, manufactured, and sold products. The TRS-80 is one. One of the first home pcs. lot's of software. I have a Tandy Pocket PC that I kept for a soveinier.. I bought it around 1983. I was a college student then in my freshman year. When I was a kid Radio Shack was one of the only electronic stores that you can bring your television or radio tubes in to test, and buy a replacement.
They also had their own stereo line of products. The equipment was great. I still have a pair of Minmus-7 spears. I have them attached to my hd tv on the second floor. They still sound great.
I remember to elelctronic magazine rack. I would always buy the latest electronic experimenters book by Forest M. Mimms. I'd take circuits in the lab and combine them to build my own gadgets. Radio Shack actually ceased to exists when they stopped building Realistic Navaho CBs, Minmus line of Speakers, stopped innovating the home pc market, eliminated the book shelf, stopped selling original kits based on the components they sold, and became a cell phone shop.
It's too bad. I believe my time spent in Radio Shack as a kid kind of steered me into the career I got into.