EDITOR'S COMMENTS From Antique Radio Classified for November 2001
(Copyright 1996-2001 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
Last month, as we rushed the October issue to
press, the world we thought we knew was crumbling all
around us. My editor's comments began with a brief response
to the shock of September 11, a response wholly
inadequate now that we know that we can't begin to judge
the ultimate repercussions of that terrible event.
Thousands are still unaccounted for, and we struggle to cope with
the continuing anguish, anger, and insecurity.
In the past, we have run articles on radio in
natural disasters like the San Francisco earthquake, but
they pale beside September 11. Still, from
correspondence via U.S. mail and the Internet, we realized that people
find comfort in connecting with each other, as well as
with memories of times when life seemed less threatening.
As a result, Managing Editor Dorothy Schecter
put together an article about what was once the site of
the World Trade Center -- Radio Row -- and its
continuing significance to collectors. The role of radio in
rescue efforts during the first weeks of the crisis and a
first-hand account by Bart Lee are also included. In this way,
we attempt to tie some of the events of history together
with our own radio community history.
Richard Brewster's article about his discovery of
Rotterdam's Radio Museum in Holland seems
appropriate in this issue. Like the Ham operators at the
World Trade Center, Richard has found a way to help
others. We also include a "Collector Profile" of Richard.
Dale Davenport had his interest piqued by the
striking Leutz Type L-6, which Robert Kitchel wrote about in
the June 2000 issue. It's always gratifying when a
collector responds to a previous article with more information.
The AWA Conference report, traditionally
appearing in November, will appear in December, while a
backlog of other auction and meet reports appear in this
issue. Among them is the second annual Jenack "Age of
Edison" Technology Auction of over 260 radio-related lots reported by Ray Chase; Erwin Macho's Dorotheum
Auction House report from Vienna giving us a snapshot of
the busy European radio scene; and the Carolinas
Chapter-AWA Spring Meet described as the "best ever."
Photo Review includes a striking cone speaker
graced with the figure of an exotic belly dancer (did we miss
a cover opportunity here?). Dick Desjarlais has
reviewed Mark Stein's Machine Age to Jet Age III,
and Radio Miscellanea reminds us of the Marconi 100th
transatlantic message anniversary, which we will celebrate in
our December issue.
New at A.R.C. We now accept Discover and
American Express, as well as MasterCard and Visa. In
addition, we have a toll-free phone number: (866)
371-0512; book shipping is now free to U.S. addresses; and for
our subscribers, we're offering a ten percent discount on
all book orders. To qualify for the discount, you must be
a current subscriber to A.R.C. and request the
discount when placing your order. Shipping must be to the
address to which we mail your magazine.
Coming Radio Events. Among the 45 events
listed in November, of special note is the 3-day Vintage
Radio & Phonograph Society/AWA Convention 2001 in
Mesquite, Texas, on November 9-11.
John V. Terrey, Editor
ON THE COVER
Our cover is a detail from a photo by Percy L.
Sperr in Photographic Views of New York City,
1870s-1970s. It was obtained from and printed with the permission
of the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History,
and Geneaology, The New York Public Library. The
May 1935 scene is Cortlandt St., the heart of Radio Row,
and the site of the World Trade Center. We hope it
evokes happier memories of that ill-fated Manhattan landmark.