[rescue] In Realtime: Saving 25, 000 Manuals ??? August 15, 2015

J. Alexander Jacocks jjacocks at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 18:00:06 CDT 2015


I was there too, on Monday night, with two of my friends.  I'm sorry that
we didn't have a chance to chat, as I think that we met at a Hamfest, a few
years ago.  The three of us worked for about 4 hours, and split our time
between the HP section, and the Tektronix masters, which were much easier
to pack.

It really was an amazing project, and it would never have happened without
Jason Scott's leadership.

- Alex

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 6:25 PM, Rich Kulawiec <rsk at gsp.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 10:59:31AM -0400, J. Alexander Jacocks wrote:
> > The estimates that I have seen posted online, for the number of manuals,
> > seem to me to be woefully low.
> I concur.  I was there Monday and Tuesday afternoons, working my way
> through a seemingly-endless selection of Tektronix manuals.  (So if,
> years from now, it turns out that I included some duplicates: I'm sorry,
> but there was considerable time pressure.)
> There's a photoset up here:
>         https://www.flickr.com/photos/textfiles/sets/72157657277241785
> It would have been nice if someone, anyone, could have taken all the
> leftovers and distributed them around the planet -- but given the
> logistics (including the timeframe and the expense) that wasn't possible.
> The one thing that I did make sure of was that the small remaining
> stack of (duplicate) Heathkit manuals left that building in the hands
> of someone who's going to do the right thing with them.
> I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out that 100K manuals were rescued.
> Some of the ones I handled were still shrink-wrapped; others were in
> surprising good shape given their vintage.  And of course others were
> in more dubious condition.
> The best moment came when I flipped open a binder and found that
> an engineer, 30+ years ago, had added a hand-written supplement
> in the back, with beautiful circuit diagrams and equations.  I hope
> that when that's scanned, whenever and wherever that happens, that
> the person handling it will include that as a supplement, even though
> it wasn't an official Tektronix document.
> ---rsk
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