Sunday, October 20, 2019

#163) This News Blog Is Now 9 Years Old!


2010 to 2019 - 163 Posts of Librascope Memories...

9 years ago this month this Librascope Memories - News Blog published its first post, announcing that, so far, there were over 100 reservations for the 2010 Reunion. The new Blog's purpose was to provide a free platform for communicating news of interest to Librascope's many retirees on a timely basis. A Blog format was chosen, because it's easier and quicker to publish the news, compared to a conventional website. BTW, our Librascope Memories website celebrated its 10 year anniversary earlier this year (See Post #160).

Since 2009 there have been over 96,500 pageviews of this Blog from all over the world, including Korea, Canada, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, France, China, India, Australia, and a few others! During this time, we've covered many subjects, including Librascope Reunions, Librascope surplus equipment sought or for sale, "Has Beens" get togethers, announcements of new additions to the Librascope Memories website, and sadly the Passing of many Libravets. Recent examples of other interesting posts include #145) Moving a Canadian Oberon Class "O" Boat, #143) Stanford Destroys $300,000 Disk Memory, #137) Don Tubbs and His Team's Plan to Go 300+ MPH, #109) My review of Disney's new book about a Libravet, and many, many other posts.

I'm planning to publish (post) a list of all 163+ subjects, with an active ("clickable") link to each one. Meanwhile, stay tuned for a post of some photos from our 2019 Reunion held a couple weeks ago.

Enjoy,
Carl

Monday, September 23, 2019

#162) Photos of the 2018 Reunion are (finally) on YouTube!!!


On October 13, 2018 several Libravets and their guests gathered for Librascope's eleventh bi-annual employee reunion since Lockheed Martin announced Librascope's closing and the relocation of its business to Manassas, Virginia in the late 1990's.

The Reunion was held at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood, and included a delicious buffet luncheon. As always, it was an opportunity to renew old friendships, drink some beer, and reminisce for hours.

Throughout the day, Georgine Archer took several photos, and they were all published on YouTube yesterday. To view the two minute video slideshow, simply CLICK HERE. Please click the "thumbs up" symbol immediately below the YouTube video if you enjoyed it. Thank you!

A list of all the Libravets attending, plus an index to those in the video follows:



Sunday, September 15, 2019

#161) Breaking News: Next Librascope Reunion is October 12th!

The following invitation to a special 2019 Librascope Reunion was just issued by Georgine Archer. Note, this is a year earlier than normal.

Dear Libravets,

At the very special request of Bonnie Granger (Supervisor Circuit Board Assembly from 1986 to 1992), who said that she is getting older at the age of 92 and misses companionship with her Libravet friends, I have planned another Libravet reunion. Ralph Simon recommended that we hold it again this year at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood and has set up the arrangements for October 12, 2019. A copy of your invitation is provided below. 

I have sent this message to all Libravets who attended the past two reunions. You may also receive an invitation from Carl's “Librascope Memories – News Blog” that is normally sent to a much wider email distribution list.

I hope you will be able to join us. As we are all getting older, your attendance will make this a very special reunion. Please respond to me by email ASAP so that I can include you in our reservation list.

Georgine
.............................................................................................................................

You are all invited to a special 2019 Librascope Employee Reunion October 12th

--- A time to greet and enjoy your Librascope friends and colleagues

--- View Librascope memorabilia and share unique retirement hobbies**

                              Saturday - October 12, 2019

                                     10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


The Federal Bar - NoHo
5303 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA                                  
(818) 980-2555  
www.thefederalnoho.com

--- Located across the street from the North Hollywood Stations for the Metro Red Line and Orange Line. 

--- $5.00 Valet parking available in lot behind building. Ample free street parking. Enter building on Weddington Street.

--- Buffet Luncheon - $30.00 per person. Self serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and No Host Bar at 10:00 a.m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Georgine Archer by October 5, 2019 
--- By E-mail: geoarcher@netzero.net 
--- By phone: (818) 848-5664
--- With confirmation by check payable to and sent to: 

             Georgine Archer
             509 Andover Drive 
             Burbank, CA 91504

--- No refunds after October 5, 2019.

NOTE, WIVES, HUSBANDS, CAREGIVERS, and SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ARE ALSO INVITED.

Former associates of Librascope are, of course, welcome too! Please help us spread the word to all former Librascope employees and their guests.

Enjoy over 300 scanned and searchable Librazettes from 1940 to 1999, past Reunion photos, videos, and many other Librascope documents at www.librascopememories.com

**Video projection is available to share your hobby at the reunion; please contact Georgine Archer.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#160) Happy 10th Anniversary “Librascope Memories”.

10 years ago, on April 28th 2009, the Librascope Memories web-site was published on the Internet at https://librascopememories.com using the iWeb program on my, new at the time, 2008 MacBook. The initial goal was to make the 300+ Librazettes, issued by the Company since 1942, available for anyone to view and/or search. Over the past ten years, numerous other Librascope memorabilia have also been added to the “new” web-site, including:

1) Photo Albums (14) with many (445) photos taken at the Librascope Reunions since 1999. Note, the 2016 and 2018 reunion photos are yet to be added. The 2016 Reunion photos, however, are now viewable from Blog Post #144 (which links to a video slideshow on YouTube).
2) Various Librascope “Videos” (9), including two Librascope Promo’s, the 1992 and 1996 Christmas Parties, and two Retirements.
3) 47 photos of several “Librascope Products” from the past.
4) Copies of 69 “Librascope Literature” sheets since 1938!
5) A photo album that includes an odd assortment of “Libravet Personnel” photos (56).
6) Ten “Sea Stories” written by Libravets about their various Librascope experiences.
7) Misc. “Librascope Brochures” (22), including several from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
8) 38 “News Items” covering Librascope’s history from 1937 to 1995.
9) An album including 22 photos of various Librascope “Places”.
10) Last, a slideshow video with 366 photos of the Libravets receiving Service Awards from 1980 to 1989.

There are many other interesting items too, including the web-site’s Welcome and About pages.

Finally, I want to thank the many Libravets that helped me make this web-site possible, especially my good friend Ray Hand (1938-2018) who helped by scanning most of the 300+ Librazettes. I also wish to acknowledge the several Companies that also made this web-site possible, including: Apple, Evernote, Dropbox, Fujitsu's ScanSnap, and RageSW who has hosted the Librascope Memories web-site since the beginning.

Cheers,
Carl Sorensen -
A Libravet since 1958

Sunday, March 3, 2019

#159) Mini-Reunion for All Local Libravets on March 14th


John Good (and Sharon Neelands Good) is planning the following mini-reunion for former Libravet software/systems engineering employees.  He said that others who might like to come are welcome.

PLACE:                  Fuddrucker’s
ADDRESS:            221 N. San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA
DATE:                    Thursday, March 14, 2019
TIME:                    5:00 PM

If you live near Burbank and want to join them, please send an email message to John.  His email address is john@thevine.net.  His cell is 818-359-8041 (cell or text)

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

#158) The Names of Many Libravets Are Now On Mars!


Thanks to JPL and Lockheed Martin, the "Mars InSight Lander" landed successfully yesterday on the surface of Mars! In addition to all its scientific instrumentation, it carried the engraved names of the many Librascope Memories - News Blog readers who signed up last year. See Blog Post #152 dated October 10, 2017. 

A brief 2+ minute JPL video describing the purpose of the mission is available at https://www.space.com/40067-mars-insight-lander.html. Note, the video will start immediately following a brief 30 second commercial. Also note that there are provisions for displaying the video full screen on your computer.

Friday, October 26, 2018

#157) Jay Wilcox - A Voice from the Past


As presidents go, I was a blip on the proud 60+ year history of Librascope. It was late 1992, the Cold War was over, defense was consolidating, and I was sent on my first CEO assignment - to guide you into the Loral family. Instead, you brought me into the Librascope family. While I remember some buzz words of the day like BSY-2 and MICAD, I most remember the talented and warm people I got to know in Glendale - technical, operational, and management alike.

About two days before your October 13th reunion, I jumped online and found I could get there in time from my Ohio home, but getting back would involve an all-nighter. No big deal in 1993, but my now 70-year-old body just doesn’t do red-eyes the way it used to. So, I’m sorry I missed the reunion, but trust you all had a great time reminiscing.

After leaving Glendale in 1993, I stayed with Loral in Akron, Ohio and moved on to Eagan, Minnesota after the Loral merger with Lockheed. In late 2000, I joined the former Loral executive team at L-3 Communications. I served as president of divisions in Philadelphia and Leesburg, Virginia before retiring in 2011. My bride of 20 years, Barbara, and I are enjoying retirement in Columbus, Ohio with our children and grandchildren nearby. With some better planning, perhaps we can both join you for your next reunion. Meanwhile, we toast all of you proud Libravets!

Sincerely,

Jay Wilcox

Saturday, October 20, 2018

#156) Free Librascope Movies Are Still Available

At the 2018 Librascope Reunion recently, attendees enjoyed watching two, professionally produced, Librascope movies from 1983 and 1989. For those who would like to see them again, or possibly missed attending the Reunion, I’m pleased to remind everyone that they are also available for viewing on the “Videos” page (see figure below) of the Librascope Memories website. Currently, there are a total of nine (9) Librascope movies (aka “videos”), including the two shown at the Reunion (Videos #3 and #4 below).

To view any one of these videos, simply click here to open the “Videos” page. Then follow the brief instructions printed at the top of the page that opens in your browser. You may view these videos on either a desktop, tablet, or smart phone. 

Note, the links below each image will re-direct you to YouTube, where you can view the selected videos in full screen if desired. Please click the "Like" (thumbs up) button if you enjoyed the video. Thanks!

Enjoy!

PS - I expect to add video slideshows of the 2016 and 2018 Reunions to the Librascope Memories "Photos" page in the near future. There you will find photos from all the other Reunions since 1999! In the meantime, the 2016 Reunion photos can be viewed from Blog post #144.

PPS - Today, October 20th, marks the 8 year anniversary of this Librascope Memories - News Blog! Hope you are enjoying it.

Monday, September 10, 2018

#155) Announcing the 2018 Librascope Employee Reunion



You are invited to the

2018 Librascope Employee Reunion


A time to greet and enjoy your Librascope friends and colleagues
View Librascope memorabilia and share unique retirement hobbies**

    Saturday, October 13, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA
(818) 980-2555          thefederalnoho.com

Located across the street from the North Hollywood Stations for the Metro Red Line and Orange Line

$5.00 Valet parking available in lot behind building; Ample free street parking; Enter building on Weddington Street

Buffet Luncheon - $30.00 per person

Self serve coffee, tea, soft drinks and No Host Bar at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch is at 12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Georgine Archer by October 5, 2018:

By E-mail:  geoarcher@netzero.net    By phone:  (818) 848-5664

With confirmation by check payable to and sent to:

Georgine Archer
509 East Andover Drive
Burbank, CA  91504

No refunds after October 5, 2018.


WIVES, HUSBANDS, and SIGNIFICANT OTHERS ARE also INVITED.


Please help us spread the word to all former Librascope employees and their guests. Former associates of Librascope are, of course, welcome too.

 

Enjoy over 300 scanned Librazettes from 1940 to 1999, plus many other historical Librascope documents at librascopememories.com

 

**Video projection equipment is available to share your hobby at the reunion; please contact Georgine Archer.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

#154) New Photos from the June 6th Has Beens Luncheon

Earlier this month, twenty-two (22) Libravets and Associates attended the "Has Beens" luncheon at the Burbank Hill Street Inn. Some had not attended for some time. As always, it was a great opportunity to discuss old times, current events, and personal stories.

Thanks to Georgine Archer for providing the following photos of all the attendees. At the last minute, my wife (Gloria) and I were unable to attend.

Photo #1 of 7 (left to right): Carey Capaldi, and Chris Chandler.











Photo #2 of 7 (left to right):
Don Tubbs, Dan Sibley, Ed Niekamp, and Dan Tubbs.











Photo #3 of 7 (left to right):
Emery Fekety, and Georgine Archer.











Photo #4 of 7 (left to right):
Jim Jaeger, Sharon Ouellette, Ralph Simon, A. J. Pankratz, Norm Wilcox, and Bill Tilden.









Photo #5 of 7 (left to right):
Larry Knowles, Jan Brazil, Mark Brazil, and Don Barton.










Photo #6 of 7 (left to right):
Norm Wilcox, Bill Tilden, and Earl Valdez.











Photo #7 of 7 (left to right):
Steve Lebit, Glen Cheslock, and Gus Montes.