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

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Aug 20 18:01:59 CDT 2015

  It sounds like it was quite the event.  I wish I could've been there but
I'm on a road trip. :-(


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

On August 20, 2015 7:00:18 PM "J. Alexander Jacocks" <jjacocks at gmail.com>

> Rich,
> 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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