Sunday, November 9, 2014

#116) Services for Henry (Hank) Pinczower

Hank Pinczower, retired Vice President of Programs at Librascope, passed away from leukemia at his home early Saturday morning, November 8th.

Hank, who came to the U. S. from Germany in the late 1930's, was a proud c. 1952 electrical engineering graduate of CCNY, and a varsity soccer player. He was also a 20+ year Libravet who was perhaps best known for spearheading the Company's many significant programs with the U. S. Army. Hank retired in 1994, and last attended the 2012 Librascope Reunion.

Funeral Services for Hank will be held at Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills on Tuesday morning, November 11th at 9:00 AM.

The address for the early service is;
5950 Forest Lawn Dr.
Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, October 26, 2014

#115) In Memoriam - Walter James Picker, 1929 - 2014

Today I received the following e-mail from Ann Picker, Walt's beloved wife:

Hi Carl,
A note to let you know that Walt died this morning. His passing was merciful in that he was very ill for over a year. I know you’ll let all the Libravet’s know.
I also want to thank you and all the Librascope people who supported Walt in the walk/run for Brain Cancer Research. That meant so much to our family. It was truly a living memorial.
Ann Picker

 Walter James Picker
Walter James Picker, 85, of Cambria, CA died on October 26, 2014.  Born in Baltimore, MD on Friday, March 13, 1929, he was the son of Walter Henry Picker and Loretta Delores (Hayden) Picker.  A child of the Great Depression, Walt vividly recalled his early childhood years when his father was unable to obtain steady employment.  These years had a profound and lasting impression on him with the result that he grew up valuing hard work, providing well for his own family, and holding a healthy respect for the worth of a dollar.  Despite the fragile family finances of his immediate family during the depression, Walt spent his childhood surrounded by a loving and caring extended family which included his Grandfather, aunts, uncles, and cousins who all lived in a three story row house on West North Avenue where communal meals were enjoyed by the entire family.

As a very young child, Walt discovered the joys of books found in the free public library a few blocks away from the Picker row house.  He would not always get the borrowed books home but would sit on the curb outside the library to devour each page.

Walt attended PS 62, Hamilton Junior High School, and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1948.  After working at the Bendix Corp. for several years, he enrolled in Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and graduated in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  While at Drexel, Walt was active in student government serving as President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, President of the Men’s Student Government, and President of the Senior Class.  He was selected for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and Blue Key Honorary Fraternity.  Walt was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.

He served for two years in the US Army at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville Alabama developing ballistic missiles under Dr. Werner Von Braun.

After military service, Walt accepted a position with Singer Librascope in Glendale, CA.  During his lengthy career he held various positions with the company, retiring as President in 1992.

Post graduate education included a two year Executive Management course at UCLA, a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA), and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California (1971).

After retirement, Walt was instrumental in organizing a committee in Cambria to prevent the development of the East-West (Fiscalini) Ranch.   He contributed his organizational skills, time, energy, and financial resources in order to preserve this beautiful four hundred acre site as open space for future generations to enjoy.

Walt was an avid reader and lifelong learner, belonging to several book and discussion groups.  He loved his Barnes and Noble gift cards, fine wine, art, genealogy (member of Sons of the American Revolution), visiting museums, classical music, UCLA sports, and basketball.  Possessing a quick and sometimes subtle wit, Walt took enormous delight in prevailing over family and friends, year after year, to win the March Madness basketball pool.

Immensely proud of his family, Walt loved them deeply and was extremely gratified that they rallied around him when he became ill.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ann Marjorie (Stump) Picker, three children; Susan Ellen (Picker) Enriquez, James Kenneth Picker, Jane Elizabeth (Picker) Russell, five grandchildren; Brett James Enriquez, Hayden James Picker, Zachary Raul Picker, Faith Frances Cerussi, James Thomas Cerussi, and one great-grandson, Alexander Malcom Enriquez.

The family would like to thank all the caretakers who helped Walt during his long illness.  We also want to thank friends and family who supported Walt with numerous cards, phone calls, flowers, and visits.  And, a very special thank you to all the people who sponsored the participants in the “Race for Hope” runs honoring Walt and raising funds for brain cancer research.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#114) A Genealogist Needs Your Help

I received the following e-Mail from Judy Williams, a genealogist looking for information about a former Librascope employee named R. J. (Bob) Hoffman who worked in SED Reliability. He is in both the August and October 1964 Librazettes (see photo).

She believes he had a wife and daughter who worked in the Assembly Department. If you remember anything about this family, please e-mail Judy at the address below.
Thanks, Carl

I am helping someone search a family tree with the surname Hoffman. It is believed in the mid 60's, several individuals in this Hoffman family were working in the electronics industry.

In 1965, Mr. Hoffman was a technician. His wife and daughter were both electronic assemblers back then. Unfortunately, I don't have first names but I came across an R.J. Hoffman that was in the engineering section of SED Reliability at Librascope in August 1964. This information was printed in a Librazette company newsletter.

I was hoping you could tell me if R.J. Hoffman that worked at Librascope had a wife and daughter that were assemblers there too. If so, I'm sure it's very possible that by now they are deceased. I was hoping to connect with their daughter.

Thank you and kind regards,
Judy Williams

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#113) 2014 Librascope Reunion Is Only 17 Days Away!

All Libravets and Associates,

The 2014 Librascope Reunion is just a little over two weeks away, and Georgine wants your checks now! Remember, you can get a full refund up until the 25th, so there is no reason to put off sending her your check. The list of attendees is growing each day, and we are looking forward to a good turnout. 

Bring your spouse. Don't get left out! This will be our 8th reunion since the Glendale facility closed in 2000.

Following is a list of the early "check writers". Many more have RSVP'ed favorably.

Mark Allison, Marti Anderson, Jim Avera, Don Barton, Jan Brazil, Charles Buterbaugh, Jim Carpenter, Barbara Cummins, Emery Fekety, David Finley, Charlie Gillikin, Bonnie Granger, Ray Hand, Betty Kent, Steve Lebit, Bill Miller, Ed Niekamp, A J Pankratz, Arnold Peters, Hank Pinczower, Joel Rooks, Dan Sibley, Ralph Simon, Carl Sorensen, Bill Tilden, Don Tubbs, Earl Valdez, Diane Youngo, etc.

See you there,
PS I will soon be announcing the publication of all the photographs from the 2000 and 2002 Reunions, so stay tuned.

You are invited to the 2014

Librascope Employee Reunion

A time to greet and enjoy your Librascope friends and colleagues
And view Librascope memorabilia.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Angeles National Golf Club
9401 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA
For directions please visit:

Buffet Luncheon - $42.00 per person

Coffee at 9 a.m., No Host Bar at 11:00 a.m., Lunch at 12:45 p.m.

Please RSVP to Georgine Archer by October 24, 2014:
By E-mail:           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 24, 2014.


Please help us spread the word to all former Librascope employees and their guests.

Former associates of Librascope are, of course, welcome too.

Enjoy almost 300 scanned Librazettes from 1940 to 1999 and

Other Librascope documents at


To share YOUR Librascope memorabilia at the reunion,

Contact Don Tubbs, 818-249-7242 (

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#112) A Letter For All Libravets From Grant Corcoran

Forward: I recently received the following RSVP letter from Grant Corcoran (Marketing) in response to his invitation to the 2014 Librascope Reunion on November 1st:


I will not be able to attend the 2014 reunion of the Libravets.

That said, I was hoping that I could somehow or another add to the event by filling in what transpired post 1996-2000 in Glendale and recapture some of the proud contributions to the Librascope legacy!!

This legacy continues in Manassas, Virginia under the banner of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Trainers – LM MST (as it is known today).

To be candid, I don’t claim the same pedigree to be a real Libravet, but I was taken aback by the notices of Jerry Deitz’s and Chuck Steele’s untimely departure from this world, and chastened by the coverage of Harold Klein’s too quick demise. I will always remember the others that preceded them such as Ernie Pool and Bill Hudson (friend and mentor, both).

My days in Glendale were truly memorable!!

I am hoping to try and fill in a possible void in the Libravet history book as a testament to how brilliant these folks were.

I came to Singer-Librascope in late 1987 from the Librascope spin-off, OTI, based primarily on the positive outlook that was presented by Ernie, of the future and that if I paid attention and was an apt pupil, with Walt Picker’s blessing on the increased travel budget I could learn international business development from the MASTER.

Some of the VETS will recall those heady days of Australia Mk 1 FCS or a knock off of it for Canada, or there may be folks that recall the Mk2 for the “Gal” class in Israel or the Mk 2 for the T209’s in India or the enthusiasm for the new partnership with Rockwell for the Collins class (too bad Jim Drugan isn’t here to vector LM into a major role on the replacement for Collins).

The legacy of Maury Center’s empire of Surface Combatant Underwater Fire Control Systems Mk113/114/116 and Submarine fire control systems Mk117 and 118 and Tomahawk VLS, etc. etc., was to undergo, from this vantage point, a major transformation as the USN and industry transitioned from LA class SSN-688’s and Trident SSBN’s into Seawolf and beyond.

What happened at Librascope as it embarked on the BSY-2/Seawolf program was, in no small way, the Alpha and the Omega of today’s submarine combat systems.

It was the end of an era and the beginning of the future of less dependence on analog solutions and shock hardened hardware to Open Systems architecture and software re-use and structurally integrated enclosures (SIE’S).

I can recall how the senior management, Roy Bartlome, Hank Pinczower, Chuck Steele, Ernie Pool, Bill Hudson, Ed Arnold, Ralph Simon, Carl Sorensen, Jerry Beushausen, and others adapted to the challenges raised almost incessantly by Frank DeBritz (remember him?) and Admiral Volgenau (also recently departed) as to why the Librascope BSY-2 team was behind schedule and over budget.

I often thought that the conference room in the main building needed to be thoroughly cleaned and fumigated following some of the more contentious program reviews during those tumultuous days.

I do recall, one lighter moment from those days ….

Ernie Pool, after being grilled by a zealous young O-6 as to how Librascope was able to maintain the appropriate security for the BSY-2 combat system in the presence of Australian, Indian, Israeli, and Canadian personnel in the Butler building compound in the parking lot, provided a reasonable and logical explanation of the security measures.

On the tour of the facility the Captain, not quite satisfied by Ernie’s answer, broke ranks from the tour and inquired of a sleepy guard as to HOW THE GUARD WAS SURE HE (the O-6) WASN’T A FOREIGNER???….. TO WHICH THE GUARD REPLIED…… WELL… YOU DON’T HAVE AN ACCENT!

Poor Ernie!!

From there through the Bicoastal days, the controversial Paul Bilzarian, and the ultimate takeover by Loral in lieu of Rockwell. You may recall how close we came to being part of Westinghouse (and now being part of Northrop Grumman) during the sale in Tampa.

I can’t but think things would not have worked out as positively as they did!!

By the way, remember Librascope helping Paramount directors get the sets “real” during the filming of RED OCTOBER combat control center? The black consoles (based on Mk 2’s from India) were on the bad guys boats.

I seem to recall Bilzarian referring to Librascope as the Red October division as he spun off other Singer assets but held on to Librascope until the very end.

Then reality set in with the cancellation of Seawolf and other events.

With Loral buying the IBM Federal Systems and with it the IBM legacy in Manassas, VA, the die was cast as to the future of Librascope as an independent operation. On the wrong side of history with the cancellation of BSY-2, the departure of Librascope from Glendale was certain, just not when.

However, there was during the transition and is today a continuing monument to Librascope and the Glendale and Newport office team of weapons experts, headed by Joe Fletcher, et al, teaming with our new best friends in Manassas, in winning the competition over Hughes/Raytheon to integrate the Tomahawk missile and Tomahawk Weapon Control System on UK SSN’s in 1995-7.

This legacy continues today with the new Astute class of SSN’s, as well as the Trafalgar and Swiftsure boats still in service.

The Fire Control and Weapons System talent transferred from Glendale, represented in part by Larry Fox, the Derksen brothers and others who were ably augmented by Herr Doctor Klein’s classes, to the uninitiated, in the proprietary Librascope Maximum Likelihood Estimator (LMLE) for target motion analysis (TMA). LMLE is still the basis for LM’s offerings in Fire Control Systems and Weapons Control.

When this talent pool was merged with the sonar and combat system expertise that was resident in Manassas, it was the building block for successful campaigns in Spain (new submarine complete integrated combat suite), Brazil (combat system upgrade for Mk 48 on their T- 209’s), the UK (modernization of SSBN’s sonar suite, Canada continual combat system upgrades on the Victoria class, Netherlands FCS upgrade for Mk 48 on Walrus class, and several others.

Today LM MTS is the provider of the combat system for Virginia SSN’s and has been since 1996.

LM also serves as the prime integrator and supplier of the Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion program (ARCI) which is upgrading and future proofing the sonar and combat systems on all SSN’s, SSBN’s and SSGN’s.

LM MTS is still pursing international opportunities.

Primary interest is the replacement for the Collins class in Australia (albeit without the support of the “A” team of Drugan, Pool and Hudson)

There are several other opportunities now that the funding is being restored to pre- recession percentage levels of GDP in countries of interest.

Sadly, there are only a few Glendale transferees still involved at LM, but the bedrock contribution of what evolved over the years between Sonora and Western avenues continues and remains alive today!!

On a personal note….

I recently retired from LM MTS.

I am now head of Corcoran Advisory Group (marketing and strategic business development consulting) based here in Virginia…. (

I hope you guys have a great reunion!!

Best regards,


Friday, August 8, 2014

#111) You're Invited to the 2014 Librascope Reunion

You are invited to the 2014

Librascope Employee Reunion

A time to greet and enjoy your Librascope friends and colleagues
And view Librascope memorabilia.

Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Angeles National Golf Club
9401 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA
(818) 951-8771
For directions please visit:

Buffet Luncheon - $42.00 per person

Coffee at 9 a.m., No Host Bar at 11:00 a.m., Lunch at 12:45 p.m.

Please RSVP to Georgine Archer by October 24, 2014:
By E-mail:           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 24, 2014.


Please help us spread the word to all former Librascope employees and their guests.

Former associates of Librascope are, of course, welcome too.

Enjoy almost 300 scanned Librazettes from 1940 to 1999 and

Other Librascope documents at


To share YOUR Librascope memorabilia at the reunion,

Contact Don Tubbs, 818-249-7242 (

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

#110) In Memoriam - Jerry Deitz

Jerry Deitz, retired Vice President of Engineering, passed away at his home in Los Osos, CA on July 5, 2014. Jerry joined the Shipboard Engineering group at Librascope in 1956 and retired in 1989. Throughout those years, stories about Jerry's countless engineering activities and accomplishments at Librascope were published in dozens of Librazettes.

Jerry last attended the 2012 Librascope Reunion (Blog Post #82), and will certainly be missed at the 2014 Reunion on November 1st.

A Memorial/Celebration of Jerry's life will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at the Morro Shores Mobile Home Park's Club House, located at 633 Ramona Avenue, Los Osos, CA 93402. 
Family Contact: Telephone 1-805-528-7136 or e-mail

Please visit the following link for driving information: 

Also, you may wish to sign the Guest Book for Jerry at:

The following obituary was provided by Jerry's loving wife Elsie. 

Jerry Deitz a gentleman in every sense of the word died on July 5, 2014, just shy of his 89th birthday. He left peacefully and quietly in the afternoon, true to his character of never wanting to be a burden to anyone. Jerry was molded by his growing-up years in Brooklyn and enjoyed all the advantages of life in the big city. He liked the adventure of riding in the front subway car where, for just five cents, he was able to spend hours traveling wherever his imagination would take him. Museums, family outings to concerts in the parks, were all a part of his early history, as was his time spent as a volunteer with the fire department. Jerry's mother, Ray, impressed on him the value of education and he listened. He enjoyed learning and excelled in school. City College (now University) provided a splendid, almost free education, for an aspiring electrical engineer. His first choice would have been medicine, but entrance to medical schools was limited for Jews, and so he worked to become a valued contributor where he was able to make his mark. Like many other young men, he enlisted in the army to serve his country during WWII. Underage, and knowing his mother's distaste for the military implanted from an immigrant's experiences, he forged her signature and became a member of the United States Army assuming that it was better to volunteer than be drafted. He was one of the few who served in both the European and Asian campaigns. Jerry served with the 86th Blackhawk Division and continued to be an active part of the organization with involvement in their reunions over the years. The last one took place at Camp San Luis Obispo, where Jerry trained for a period of time and where the seed was planted to return to live in this area, which we did in 1988. A permanent memorial to the Division was dedicated at the time of the last reunion. Jerry and I met on a blind date in 1951 shortly after his return from Japan and Korea as a civilian who taught army personnel technical skills. We decided that getting married was a good idea, and so we tied the knot on April 6, 1952. A honeymoon trip to California made it clear that this would eventually be our permanent home. In 1956, it became reality with Jerry driving across country in five days, followed by our then two-year old daughter Carla and her seven-months' pregnant mother. Armed with a Master's Degree from NYU, Jerry joined the Librascope Corporation in Glendale. Over the years he rose to be the corporation's Senior Vice President of Engineering. Jerry always spoke of his relationships with the 200 or so employees he managed as being the most pleasurable part of his thirty-two year career with the company. His expectations regarding those he supervised were known. He had the ability to leave them alone to achieve these levels and they always strived to reach them. Music nourished his soul and sailing brought pleasure and release from the stress of the workplace, two lifelong passions in Jerry's life. Shortly after our move to Los Osos, we became involved in the Bud Laurent campaign for Supervisor where close bonds with friends were forged. This group went on, over a period of years, to make possible the acquisition of the Elfin Forest. Jerry's next involvement was with the Central Coast Veterans Museum as board member, treasurer and eventually head of the Library of Congress Oral History Project which recorded life experiences of Veterans of all wars. From all of these ongoing involvements, Jerry was often referred to as "Village treasurer". His leadership in volunteer activities spanned almost as long a period of time as his paid career. Jerry's primary concerns were focused on his family's wellbeing. It is with great pleasure that I see in Carla glimpses of his humor and sensitivity to others. Children are not supposed to precede their parents in death. The loss of our son Gary at age 50 was a dark time for us. Bud Laurent said it best: "Anyone who knew Jerry knows the truth that he towered over us in height and character as a kind, considerate and giving person. And, of course, when thinking about Jerry, the phrase is really Elsie and Jerry because they were together in everything. And I can't think of anything they gave themselves to that wasn't in the community's interest and welfare. Los Osos is immeasurably better because of Jerry - and Elsie". Jerry, and all that he was and stood for, will be sorely missed by all his friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held shortly. Sign his guestbook at

Published in the San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 13, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

#109) My review of Disney's new book about a Libravet

My last post (#108) announced the publication of a new book about Herman Schultheis, an unusually talented Libravet that previously worked at Disney on their very early animated films. During Herman's time at Disney he, unknown to anyone else at the time, meticulously documented Disney's proprietary animation techniques in his private notebooks. These notebooks were not discovered until long after his death and are now treasured by Disney who has put them in their museum.  Disney also sponsored the publication of this book about these notebooks and Herman's life.

Following is my brief review of this "5 Star" book on Amazon:

This magnificent book by John Canemaker covers in captivating detail Herman Schultheis' life, including the period of time after he left Disney and worked for Librascope in Glendale, CA. It was while working at Librascope in the 1950's that Herman mysteriously disappeared in the Guatemalan jungle.

While doing his amazingly thorough research, the author discovered the Librascope Memories website, which fortunately included copies of all the Company's old newsletters (Librazettes). Over a year's time, the Librazettes reported on Herman's initial disappearance and the subsequent search. As the self-appointed Librascope historian and webmaster, I had the privilege of helping John Canemaker research Herman Schultheis' time at Librascope. However, this part of Herman's life is not described in unnecessary detail, and so it does not detract from the book's primary subject; i.e., his work at Disney.

Herman's work at Disney was fascinating, but I was also impressed with how each facet of his life reflected his intelligence, diverse interests, and overall curiosity about life. This book certainly provides the foundation for Disney to make a documentary film of Herman's life experiences.

Friday, May 23, 2014

#108) Disney Releases New Book About Former Libravet

The Walt Disney Family Foundation and Weldon Owen Press have released a spectacular new book about a former Librascope employee titled: "The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic". The book will be available May 27th on Amazon.

After working at Disney, Herman worked at Librascope from 1949 to 1955 when he mysteriously disappeared while on vacation in the Guatemalan jungle. At the time, stories of his disappearance were published in the Librazette. Eighteen months after he disappeared, his remains were discovered.

Three years ago, I posted on this Blog an e-mail from John Canemaker, a distinguished author and animation historian who was preparing to author this book about Herman. You may read John's original inquiry and my initial response on Blog Post #26: Click here. I researched the Librascope archives and Libravet rosters for John, and provided him with whatever information and Libravet contacts I thought would be helpful. John graciously acknowledged Librascope's help in his new book.

At Disney, Herman Schultheis worked in the Special Process/Effects and Camera Lab, where he was a Studio Effects Engineer. The book focuses on the meticulously documented notebooks he covertly kept while working on films utilizing the proprietary animation techniques Disney developed for the very early animation films they are famous for. Fifty years later, these secret notebooks were discovered in his widow's home after she died. That remarkable discovery resulted in the notebooks later being placed in the Walt Disney Family Museum and the publication of this magnificent book.

To read more about the distinguished author and Academy Award winner John Canemaker's work, please visit his website (Click here).

To read much more about the book on Amazon, click here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

#107) Update - A "Race for Hope" for Walt Picker

As planned, Walt's daughter Susan Picker Enriquez recently completed the run/walk for the “Cure Brain Tumors” organization in Washington DC. Her goal was to raise $200 for the fund raiser, but succeeded in raising over $1,600 thanks to several donors, including some of Walt's fellow Libravets. 

Along with her gracious thanks to everyone, Susan sent along some of the photos she took at the event.

If you somehow missed the first opportunity to donate to this very worthy cause in Walt's behalf, you can do it now by going to Susan's website at: Susan's "Cure Brain Cancer" Website. The original story is on Blog Post #104.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#106) Wow, 5 Years Of Librascope Memories!

Five years ago this month (April) the Librascope Memories website was first published on the Internet. Since that time, the website has grown considerably, and many Libravets, their family members, and countless others have enjoyed its historical content.

Currently, the Librascope Memories website includes:
- 301 Librazettes*
- 38 Librascope news items*
- 69 Librascope product literature sheets (advertisements)*
- 21 Misc. Librascope Brochures"
- 8 Sea Stories written by Libravets*
- 5 Librascope Videos
- 16 Librascope Photo Albums (including the past 5 Reunions)

* 100% searchable via the Librascope Memories Evernote website.

For those many Libravets who helped contribute to the website's success, I want to thank you. I believe the next five years will bring even more Librascope memories to our website for all to enjoy in the years to come.

PS: Only 185 days until the 2014 Librascope Reunion on November 1st! Please mark the date now.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#105) In Memoriam - Charles "Chuck" Steele

The following obituary was received today from Chuck's wife Kathy.

Charles Gregory Steele; December 1, 1941 –  April 20, 2014

Charles “Chuck” Steele, 72, of Simi Valley went home to his Lord and Savior early Easter morning.  After a lengthy illness, he passed away peacefully at home with his family.  Chuck was born in Binghamton, NY to Catherine Beach and Charles Steele. He grew up in Owego, NY with his large extended family and many cousins, and there he developed a lifelong love of sports and an affinity for the NY football Giants.

Chuck graduated from Clarkson University in 1964 and had a long career in the Aerospace industry working for the Singer Corporation and BAE.  He was a devoted husband to Kathleen Barto and a loving father to their three children.  In 1977, the family moved from New York to Simi Valley, CA.  Chuck was an avid golfer and member of Sunset Hills Country Club.  He had a great sense of humor and loved to spend time with his family and friends.  Chuck will always be remembered with love and laughter by anyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Chuck is preceded in death by his parents; and son, Timothy James Steele.  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Kathy; his daughters Shelley (Chris) Karr and Jenny (Rick) Lewis; grandchildren Mathew, Kirstine, Justin, Jane, and Patrick; brothers John (Judy) Steele of NC, Howard (Rebecca) Steele of MI; and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10:30 am at Grace Brethren Church, 2900 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
The Samaritan Center of Simi Valley (

Sunday, April 6, 2014

#104) A Race for Hope for Walt Picker

Fellow Libravet,

As you may have heard, former Librascope President Walt Picker has been bravely battling brain cancer for the past several months. Many of his friends have encouraged him with cards, letters, phone calls, etc. Walt's wife, Ann, reports that he has enjoyed and appreciated every single word of encouragement.

On May 4th, Walt's daughter Susan Picker Enriquez is participating in a run/walk for the “Cure Brain Tumors” organization in Washington DC. You can help all brain tumor patients by making a small donation to this cause. Just click on her personal page below to send in a contribution in honor of Walt.

Please click here to make your contribution: Susan's Personal Page for her Dad, Walt Picker

I'm certain the entire Picker family thanks you very much.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Librascope "submariners" will be interested in watching this outstanding video describing the U.S. Navy's new SSGN class submarines. These state-of-the-art subs were built for less than half the cost of a new sub by converting four older SSBN Ohio Class subs. All 24 nuclear-tipped missile tubes were re-purposed to meet today's defense requirements. Click on "Full Screen" for best viewing.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

#102) Madcaps, Millionaires, and "Mose"

I recently acquired an interesting book about our local aviation history. The book will be of special interest to readers that were at Librascope during the late 1950's and early 1960's, when Librascope occupied the nearby Glendale airport terminal.

The book, Madcaps, Millionaires, and "Mose" : The Chronicle of an Exciting Era When the Airways Led to Glendale, a pictorial history by John Underwood, is about an airport long gone and largely forgotten. More importantly, it is the story of a unique collection of individuals who created it and made it function. They were the pioneers of new industry which had its roots in the City of Glendale. In its heyday the airport was called Grand Central Air Terminal. It was the first official terminal for Los Angeles and home port to a dozen different air carriers.

The 144 page book has numerous rare photographs from the early 1900's through the late 1950's, when the airport's aircraft operations were forever closed.

Shortly after the airport's closing, the headline article in the August, 1959 Librazette reported that:

"Librascope Leases Four Airport Buildings - Provides Space for Engineering Units…. Librascope, ever in need of more space to cope with continuing growth, is taking over the former headquarters of the Ford Motor Company's Aeronutronics Systems, Inc., in the Grand Central Industrial Centre." 

Librascope occupied the airport buildings well into the 1960's. Today, the entire facility is owned and occupied by Disney.

The 1984 paperback book is currently available from third-party sellers on Amazon for about $15, plus S&H.

#101) In Memoriam - Stanley Eugene Williams

Judy Williams recently informed us that her husband, Stan, passed away January 6, 2013 at their home in Yuma, AZ. He was 79.

Stan started at Librascope in 1957 and left for OTI in 1964. While at Librascope he was Supervisor of Math Analysis, and was a contributor to the L-2010 Project (see photos of Stan in the November 1962 (p.2) and March 1963 (p.3) Librazettes). Note, Stan was Georgine Archer's boss when she started at Librascope in 1959.

Stan's obituary is published at, where you may leave a tribute.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

#100) The 2014 Reunion Is November 1st - Please RSVP Now.

Mark your calendar ... the 2014 Librascope Reunion will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Angeles National Golf Club Clubhouse in Sunland, CA. This is the same facility where the highly successful 2012 Reunion was held.

The cost per person will be $42, and that includes a very nice buffet lunch complete with a coffee/tea station and a dessert table. Librascope memorabilia will be on display, and photographs will be taken for the Librascope Memories website.

Please help us spread the word to all former Librascope employees and their guests. As in the past, former associates of Librascope are welcome to attend too.

For planning purposes, Georgine Archer needs to have an estimated headcount ASAP, so please contact her to let her know whether you plan to attend or not, and how many tickets you plan to purchase when the more detailed invitations are sent out around September.

To RSVP, please contact Georgine Archer ASAP at:

509 East Andover Drive
Burbank, CA 91504