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neering to law, my wife and I can walk the beach and enjoy the sunshine." We can state with confidence that, with advertising men, salesmen, economic predictors, and clergymen among our reunionists, there'll be no need to walk the beach for reasons of ostracization.... Cy Guething sure enough wrote from Harbour Island in the Bahamas in February where he was starting an eight weeks' stay with obvious glee. His card showed the famous pinks sands beach, a spot that Steve and Jess Brophy regularly extol. Says Cy: "Here we are and love it. We are in W. McC. Martin's cottage and so feel financially secure. His yard is full of hibiscus, bougainvillaea and birds, including a well fed mocking bird 'operettaring' three to five hours per day. The fishing is good and the bathing--none better. Find that floating becomes easier with each week. More buoyant! See you in June, sure!" ... The Steve Brophys sailed for Europe late in February for a two-month stay. This is something they had been looking forward to with a great deal of pleasure and Steve promised to send a post card "from here and there." They will be back the first of May. Joe Barker has gone and done it again. Last June he took on an active consulting job with responsibility for developing basic standards for data processing equipment. But it hasn't stopped there. Apparently the organization he was with, the Office Equipment Manufacturers Institute, found him to be what we all know him to be, so dynamic and resourceful that late in February he was made executive vice-president of the Institute and also president of its wholly owned subsidiary, the Office Equipment Manufacturers Exhibits, Inc. The Institute is composed of the leading companies in the U.S. manufacturing and distributing the entire gamut of office equipment from furniture and supplies to typewriters, adding machines, bookkeeping machines, up to and including the most erudite and sophisticated types of data processing computers. Joe says it is a most challenging assignment and will keep him extremely busy "for the next several years." The present headquarters offices are located in Washington, D. C., but will move to New York at the earliest moment where they will be consolidated with the Data Processing Group offices which Joe established in New York some eight months before. We hope Joe told them he could do all the work in three and one-half days a week so that he can have time off even though he's not used to it!... Duke Haines writes from Glastonbury, Conn. He retired as Production Engineer in 1958, after 28 years with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft division of United Aircraft. Since then, he says, he has spent his time fishing (both winter, through the ice, and summer), gardening, mowing the lawn, refinishing furniture (hobby), and generally taking life easy. Says he and Mrs. Haines are thinking seriously about moving to Florida, "as the winters are beginning to get a bit too much, and warmer climate seems much preferable, for the arthritis." He should find plenty of 1916 company in Florida as the Geographic Register shows. . . . And speaking of warmer climes, Len Stone, in the middle of February, was waiting for the airway strike to be called off, so that he and Mrs. Stone could start off for San Juan. They were scheduled with two other couples to have 10 days' sailing at San Juan, and we believe they had to curtail sailing time by only two or three days. From there they were scheduled to visit St. Croix (consult your atlas as we did), then on to Florida to finish out the month of March. . . . Here's more on Florida! The Emory Kemps, reporting by post card as all good travelling 1916'ers should, had no doubt in late January that Florida "is the Sunshine State." They were then on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Just off the Gulf Beach. Emory writes: "Only one cloudy day so far and two nights down to 33. Sorry you are having such a tough winter. Our days are running 70 to 75 and it is hard to believe it is January and not June." Irv McDaniel, writing from Malaga, Spain, early in February, regrets he has had to change one of his expectations, the one about attending the 45th Reunion, because daughter Mary arrives over there at the end of May and expects Mom and Pop to show her the sights. Irv has, on the side, shall we say, and as you know, been carrying on a research project of sorts on the subject of nite-clubs; which ones are good or awful and why. Regarding the submitted data he's collected from Italy, Sicily, Egypt, Lebanon, Rhodes, Athens, Kasadasi, Istanbul, Paris, Geneva and Andorra, we find the problem of editing most difficult indeed. So difficult, we are going to put it off until tomorrow. But Irv's description of his trip to Russia and his impressions are something else again. They were almost a month in Russia, went where and when they wanted to, and took pictures wherever they went. He says: "We were given the V.I.P. red-carpet treatment. We were on no tour, just Kay and I, and we really saw the country--Moscow, the Caucasus, the provinces of Georgia and Abkhazia, Lake Ritsa, two days on the Black Sea to Yalta via Sochi, Tuapse and Noworossijsk, Kiev and Stalingrad. . . . Everyone's reactions are different. To me Russia represents an enormous avalanche getting larger and larger. . . . What they have accomplished in the last 50 years is remarkable." He feels we have terrific difficulties ahead. "I don't envy the new administration all their many and varied problems." He finishes by saying: "However, this is still a wonderful world. And now it is time for us to consider going home. We have loved it over here and have never been happier than when we have been in Spain. It is ideal here on the Costa del Sol, ideal in every respect." Tredick Hines writes from Huntington Woods, Mich., and tells of the cycle he's gone through since retiring in 1959. He retired after 26 very busy years as an architect for the Chrysler Corporation. He then busied himself doing a lot of things around the house and the gardens that he didn't have time to do while he was working, plus occasional fishing trips to Northern Canada and Maine. Then it happened! As he puts it: "But retirement is not to my liking. As time went on I became more uneasy and bored until I got fed up with the whole business. So I have gone back to work and am now architectural consultant for the Detroit Museum of Art. . . . I feel I am very lucky." This is apparently a varied and interesting job which he is tackling with great enthusiasm. The museum undoubtedly feels it is lucky too! . . . Free Hatch said in February that they "had" it this winter, the worst on the Cape in 58 years, but that much of the east coast had had it worse than they. Commenting on Emory Kemp's report in the January issue: "Emory Kemp is a nice fellow and would build a friend up when possible, but, the eight summer homes belong to my son and not to me. I am the janitor and maintenance crew." He says that gardening, duck hunting, and fishing take up the rest of his time, and having said that, he was reminded that he'd better get busy on the painting and refitting of four boats before summer. Finally: "Was 70 years old last week and intend to retire in about 15 years more or unless I can find something else to keep be busy. Best regards." Allen Pettec writes from Valencia, Venezuela, where he will complete a two-or-more year stint in May, as a multiduty expert in production, quality control, etc., in the cable making business. He's still working regular hours, he says, "and my wife has to force me into a noonday siesta, so perhaps I can keep percolating for a bit. My best engineer quite recently for domestic reasons, so I have had to plunge into telephone cable design, bringing up-to-date our old design standards and putting them in shape so that cost estimates and factory work orders can be drawn off on a routine basis. We are also getting into high voltage rubber cable, and perhaps will be in the ACSR business. So I shall leave here with mixed emotions." He notes that their telephone standards are a bit different in Venezuela, and because of the earlier British influence they use star quads instead of the U.S.A. two twisted pairs. He says, for your secretary's benefit, that statistical quality control plays a very small part in the lines although they should use more of it. But they protect quality by using only the best materials and General Cable's best compounds. Although we have worried about Allen at times, he says things are quiet where he is. . . . Dave Patten suggests that anyone still on the convalescent list should get a copy of "Decision at Trafalgar" by Dudley Pope. He says it is superbly written and of historical value in this age of civilization. Also: "As some one put it: 'Western Civilization is a combination of the Hebrew belief in God, the Christian idea of compassion, the Greek love of truth and the Roman genius for law'--plus that great English tradition." . . . Buck (Frank) Bucknam writes from Auburn. Calif., where he moved after retirement over two years ago. He had reasons, he MAY, 1961 69
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