[rescue] In Realtime: Saving 25, 000 Manuals ??? August 15, 2015
J. Alexander Jacocks
jjacocks at gmail.com
Thu Aug 20 18:53:14 CDT 2015
Most of the Tek manuals were master copies, so no, I'm not aware of any Tek
manuals being left behind.
That said, no manuals were actually thrown away. We moved as many
different versions of manuals as was possible, given the number of
volunteers, and the time available. What was left over will probably go to
the recycling center, but nobody involved with this rescue threw anything
away. There was a strong effort to retain all possible different versions
of manuals, as we were well aware that different revisions may contain
different unique data.
On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 7:01 PM, Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:
> 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
> > 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
> > 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
> >> > 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
> >> 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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