Kinda. I was walking down this lawn, towards an orchestra playing, the music was all around me, and I though how wonderful it would be if I could hear music of this quality outside whenever I wanted, as I walked around. Something about walking and hearing the music triggered it for me. The walk was long enough for me to revel in the pleasure of it and to want more.
The walkman was developed in Japan in the late 70’s I believe. I was listening to friends of mine who had a band rehearse in a loft in Tribeca, and one of the band members had one. It was 1980 I think, it could have been 1979, and I found and bought one the next day.
This is behind the Vanderbilt mansion by the way, looking towards the water.