Monday, December 30, 2013

#98) Free Book - Lockheed Martin's First 100 Years

Celebrating their 100th anniversary, Lockheed Martin recently published a beautifully illustrated 273 page book, and it is now available for free.

Filled with inspiring stories, illuminating images and interesting details that chronicle Lockheed Martin’s heritage, the new commemorative book, “Innovation with Purpose” proudly highlights the Company's first 100 years.

If you missed ordering the paperback copy that Lockheed Martin offered to retirees in October, you can now get a free copy from Apple's iBook Store. Note, you will need the iBook App on an iPad (iOS-6, or later), or a Mac with the new Mavericks OS X v10.9 Operating System installed.

In addition, Lockheed Martin plans to offer a free PDF download in the near future. Click here to check the current status. You'll also find the paperback book listed on Amazon, but it is "currently unavailable".

Thursday, December 26, 2013

#97) Canadian Professor Seeks ASROC, Mk 111, and Mk 114 FCS Information From Libravets

Today I received an interesting request from a History Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada:
Thanks very much for putting the Librascope Memories website up! I wish other organizations that were involved in Cold War technology had such sites.
I am doing some historical work on ASROC and the Mk 114 FCS in the 1950s/60s. It is always better to correspond with real, live people who were there. Are there any Libravets that could assist me?
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Sean M. Maloney, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Royal Military College of Canada
My reply -

Hello Dr. Maloney,
Yes, there are Libravets that can help you. To reach them, I suggest you allow me to post your inquiry on our Blog at, so that our many Libravet subscribers will see it. Shall I ask them to simply e-Mail you if they can help?
Happy Boxing Day,

Professor Maloney's response -

Dear Carl:
Please do! I'll elaborate:
I am trying to understand the technical relationship between the ASROC launcher/missile and the Mk 111 Fire Control Group and then later the Mk 114 Fire Control System. I was watching The Bedford Incident (1965) and I was wondering if such a scenario was really possible given the number of steps and people necessary to launch an ASROC back then. I figured that the best way was to go to the source: the guys who made it. Can anybody enlighten me on what these processes and procedures were back then?
Again thanks to all of you who were involved with making these technological advances such a success. There is no doubt in my mind that we would not be where we are today without all of the personal effort and innovation all of you contributed fifty years ago.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

#96) In Memoriam - Roger James Mahoney

The following message was received today from Larry Knowles:

Sadly, I got a reply to the Christmas card I earlier sent to Roger Mahoney that he passed away November 23, 2013.
 His lady-love, Rula, was kind enough to let me know, but omitted any other details.  I'm certain many from Librascope will remember Roger as a highly capable Engineering Dept manager and one of the most gracious.  May I trust you will get the word out to other Libravets?  And may I hope the joy of Christmas overwhelms the sadness this message brings to those who knew Roger well.I wish good memories to all, like you, who worked with him.        
 Roger's obituary was published in the Los Angeles Daily News on December 1st:
ROGER JAMES MAHONEY - Born September 26, 1934 Belleview, Washington, passed November 23, 2013 West Hills, California. Survived by wife, Rula; children, Cristina, Michael, Kathleen, Tom and Lisa; grandchildren, Scott, Michael and William; and great grandchild, Anthony. Predeceased by father, William George Mahoney; mother, Louis Marie Mahoney and brother, William George Mahoney. He was a conservative, caring, compassionate and funny father, friend and spouse who will be greatly missed. 

Note, Roger worked at Librascope from 1965 to 1992, when he retired from Engineering Design Services.