RADIO MISCELLANEA -- JUNE 2003 From Antique Radio Classified for June 2003
(Copyright 1996-2002 by John V. Terrey - For personal use only.)
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Hooked on A.R.C. and Radio
I look forward to every issue of A.R.C. I guess you could say I'm hooked. I've been at this radio thing for about seven years, and it looks as though it's only getting better. I love making these relics from the past warm up and come to life again. Wow! I need to get a real life! Keep up the good work.
--Bob Snively, Richmond, IN
Hams Should Find A.R.C.
Since TAP stopped circulation of Amateur Radio Trader, there should be a opportunity there for A.R.C. TAP thought that they could make a fortune with upgrading the publication. Apparently, they did not recognize that it was a specialty market that would not support such an approach. On the other hand, A.R.C. is not well known to many Hams and has few ads designed for the Ham radio community. An opportunity for you?
--L.C. Cutright, Dallas, TX
Yes it is. In fact, A.R.C. advertises in several ham magazines which are among our best sources for new subscribers. (Editor)
I found this "Radio Game" at a rural farm auction. It was made by Milton Bradley in the mid-1920s.
First, you draw cards that have city names and that town's radio station call sign printed on them. The object of the game is to deliver messages to the cities on your cards. You then advance on a game board by chance to those towns to deliver your messages. The first player to deliver 11 messages to 11 towns is the winner.
The cards also list each station's frequency, not in kHz, but in meters.
--Claude Chafin, Independence, MO
Keep up the good work! Your publication has great articles for the nontechnical historian like me.
--Will De Vries, Dixfield, ME
Alton A. DuBois, Jr. - 1918-2003
Thanks to longtime subscriber Harry Goldman, who sent an obituary from the April 13, 2003, Post Star of Glens Fallsa, N.Y., we have learned of the passing of Alton A. (Andy) DuBois, Jr., on April 10, in Glens Falls. Andy was a frequent contributor to Antique Radio Classified, most recently of amusing vignettes about his life as a radio-TV serviceman before and after World War II. He was always eager to share some piece of radio information and often corresponded with our technical staff.
Andy was born on July 27, 1918, in Byram, Conn., and graduated from the Eastchester High School in 1939. His interest in radio began with a job after school working for an engineer for 10 cents an hour. In 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Combat Engineers, but re-enlisted on December 5, 1941, and served in the 711 Railway Operating Battalion. He retired from the RCA Service Co. in 1981 after 32 years of service, and he became a founding member of an RCA Retirees Club.
We extend our sympathies to the DuBois family. Andy's contributions to A.R.C. will be missed. (Editor)
Danny Gustafson - 1942-2002
Many of you know Danny as a TV collector. I knew him as a good friend. Danny was a longtime member and past president of the Antique Radio Club of Illinois. He also was the owner and founder of Gustafson-Shields Advertising Agency in Chicago. His partners, employees, customers and friends were his family. His collecting passions were early television, almost anything RCA, and many other things, including vintage autos.
At a young age, he taught himself how to repair televisions, and by age sixteen, he sold and serviced Philco and RCA television sets. It was a great pleasure to him when he appeared on "The Today Show" during a celebration of TV's 50th anniversary and when his collections were featured in Forbes Magazine.
Danny loved nothing better than an evening with friends discussing politics or his latest find, or telling jokes. In fact, we had one of our recent dinners at our favorite Chinese restaurant before he passed away. He will be greatly missed.
--Barry Janov, Des Plaines, IL
I received the following brief note from John C. Capron, Lathrop, California, regarding my article "Radio Row - The Other Side" :
"Thanks for the great article in A.R.C., the February 2003 issue."
--Gene Katz, Mount Laurel, NJ
Even a response of a few words is most welcome. (Editor)