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

Bob Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 18:00:06 CDT 2015

Did they toss duplicate tek manuals?  I have 5 different Tek 7854 manuals
with the different revisions.  The last manual is the important one but
they all look identical from the front.

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 4:25 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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