Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 18:44:25 -0400

Author: "Brad Shue"

Subject: RE: Question for all on this list

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Bob, here goes... entering the flashback zone... Let me preface this by
stating that I was born in August, 1968.

)) Did you have a Lionel, AC Gilbert or other

All of the above. Lionel - 2 "O" gauge locos, 2 "O28" Locos, 2 American
Fliers ("S" gauge), 2 Weeden Steam engines. Still have them all... just a
house that's too small to put up a layout. I rebuilt all of them over the
winters from the motor up from the time I was 11-14. The Lionel's are 1939
models from my Great Uncle.

Audio devices - Rebuilt a Seeburg Selectomatic 100 jukebox from our old
YMCA that Dad got at the auction. 50 Solenoid cancellors and all had to be
rewound and replaced because of a short. Rebuilt the record transport head
also.

Chemistry set - 2 Skilcraft kits and experimented with several things
from my Dad's college chemistry textbooks. (before I was 13)

Erecetor set - Only had 1 of these. Never came with enough parts for me
to build anything large enough to satisfy me.

Microscope - Parents bought me one from the Des Moines science center
when I was 7 or 8. Very simple, but enough for my age.

Physics set - I made my own sets. Mostly from books filled with
experiments and projects.

)) Please name additional sets you might have had

-Tinker toys. Never could have enough of them. I hated the plastic ones.
Wooden was the only way to go.

-LEGOS. Had a trunk full of the regular ones. My favs were the expert
builder sets that I got in Jr High. Crown gears, U-joints and drive shafts
heck yeah!!!! Ahh the sleep I lost making the first Hummer. I just called
it my "super jeep". Yes, you can make a ball joint from 'non-standard'
parts.

-Skilcraft weather set. Hung on the wall with a barometer, thermometer,
sling psychrometer and log book. I was better than the TV guy... Mom and
Dad asked me.

-Radio Shack 75-in-one and 150-in-one electronics project kits.

-Timex/Sinclair ZX81 kit (16K Ram)

-NC 190 Ham Radio Receiver I got at an auction in 5th grade (Still have
it). Taught myself antenna design on this one. Believe it or not, there
was a Pat Sumrall Football card inside the chassis when I opened it up to
clean it out. (QB for greenbay wasn't he)

-Mark V CB base station that I "tricked out" in Jr High. I think I got it
up to about 15 Watts. Who knows what it will do on SSB... didn't get my 1/4
wave antenna until 2 years later.

)) Did you go to science museums

-Just the Des Moines Science Center. (got my first radiometer at age 6)
(I loved their therimen sp)

)) Did you read Popular science, science and mechanics, scientific
American or other magazines. Please list name the ones you read on a regular
basis and tell me why you liked or did not like them.

-All of the above including National Geographic, Popular Electronics,
Radio Electronics. BTW, just got the 2005 ARRL Handbook.

)) Name radio or TV shows that might have influenced you.

-Never watched much TV, too boring with the exceptions of the following.
I don't think I ever watched more than 2 hours of TV in a day.
Saturday AM cartoons (MGM), Emergency, Muppet Show, Battlestar Galactica
and some Star Trek.

-I gave up on most commercial radio when Disco invaded Iowa. Dad
introduced me to "A Prairie Home Companion" early on and I've been an NPR
addict ever since. He also taught me that classical music was cool by
playing "Peter and the Wolf".

)) Name movies that might have inflluenced you.

JAMES BOND MOVIES! I wanted to be Q.

)) Are there any science books for kids that you might have read and
remember fondly. Perhaps books such as Microbe Hunters by de Kruif.

-I have boxes of them in the garage. But I used to pour over my "How
things work" book for hours at a time. On snow days, I would dig into the
1976 World Book Encyclopedia and read in front of the wood stove between
shoveling shifts in the driveway.

)) Were you influenced by Martin Gardner, Carl Sagan, or other. please
name.

-I used to respect Edison until I found out how much a parasite he was. I
watched Cosmos for the pretty animations and pictures, but it always seemed
too theatrical to me. I have probably settled on Tesla for now.

-I must say that the two biggest influences on me were my parents. They
were both teachers before I came along and they always kept me challenged
and encouraged me to experiment and learn on my own. My Mother covered the
spelling, math and English while my Father covered the vocational/trades
things like mechanics, electrical and agriculture. I was always surrounded
with educational books and toys/tools that were appropriate for my age. If
they only knew some of the "experiments" I tried.... whew!!

Any other informal science sources that you can think of would also be
appreciated.





thanks in advance

www.scienctrix.com
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)) Did you have a =
Lionel, AC=20
Gilbert or other

 

All of the above.  Lionel - =
2 "O"=20
gauge locos, 2 "O28" Locos, 2 American Fliers ("S" gauge), 2 Weeden =
Steam=20
engines.  Still have them all... just a house that's too small to =
put up=20
a layout.  I rebuilt all of them over the winters from the motor =
up from=20
the time I was 11-14.  The Lionel's are 1939 models from my Great =

Uncle. 

 

Audio devices - Rebuilt a =
Seeburg=20
Selectomatic 100 jukebox from our old YMCA that Dad got at the =
auction. =20
50 Solenoid cancellors and all had to be rewound and replaced because =
of a=20
short.  Rebuilt the record transport head also.

 

Chemistry set  - =
2 Skilcraft=20
kits and experimented with several things from my Dad's college =
chemistry=20
textbooks. (before I was 13) 

 

Erecetor set  - Only had 1 =
of=20
these.  Never came with enough parts for me to build anything =
large=20
enough to satisfy me. 

 

Microscope  - Parents =
bought=20
me one from the Des Moines science center when I was 7 or =
8.  Very=20
simple, but enough for my age. 

 

Physics set  - I made my =
own=20
sets.  Mostly from books filled with experiments and=20
projects. 

 

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P
lease name additional sets you might have had class=3D312053720-28102004> 

 

-Tinker toys.  Never could =
have=20
enough of them.  I hated the plastic ones.  Wooden was the =
only way=20
to go.

 

-LEGOS.  Had a trunk full =
of the=20
regular ones.  My favs were the expert builder sets that I got in =
Jr=20
High.  Crown gears, U-joints and drive shafts heck yeah!!!!  =
Ahh the=20
sleep I lost making the first Hummer.  I just called it my "super =
jeep".=20
 Yes, you can make a ball joint from 'non-standard' =
parts.

 

-Skilcraft weather set.  =
Hung on the=20
wall with a barometer, thermometer, sling psychrometer and log =
book.  I=20
was better than the TV guy... Mom and Dad asked me.

 

-Radio Shack 75-in-one and=20
150-in-one electronics project kits.

 

-Timex/Sinclair ZX81 =
kit (16K=20
Ram)

 

-NC 190 Ham Radio Receiver I got =
at an=20
auction in 5th grade (Still have it).  Taught myself antenna =
design=20
on this one.  Believe it or not, there was a Pat Sumrall Football =
card=20
inside the chassis when I opened it up to clean it out. (QB for =
greenbay=20
wasn't he)

 

-Mark V CB base station that I =
"tricked=20
out" in Jr High.  I think I got it up to about 15 Watts.  =
Who knows=20
what it will do on SSB... didn't get my 1/4 wave antenna until 2 years =

later.

 

)) Did you go to =
science=20
museums 

 

-Just the Des Moines Science =
Center. =20
(got my first radiometer at age 6) (I loved their therimen =
sp)

 

)) Did you read =
Popular=20
science, science and mechanics, scientific American or other =
magazines. Please=20
list name the ones you read on a regular basis and tell me why =
you liked=20
or did not like them.

 

-All of the above including =
National=20
Geographic, Popular Electronics, Radio Electronics.  BTW, just =
got the=20
2005 ARRL Handbook.

 

))  Name radio or TV =
shows=20
that might have influenced you. class=3D312053720-28102004> 

 

-Never watched much TV, too =
boring with=20
the exceptions of the following.  I don't think I ever watched =
more than=20
2 hours of TV in a day. 

Saturday AM cartoons (MGM), =
Emergency,=20
Muppet Show, Battlestar Galactica and some Star Trek.  =

 

-I gave up on most =
commercial radio=20
when Disco invaded Iowa.  Dad introduced me to "A Prairie Home =
Companion"=20
early on and I've been an NPR addict ever since.  He also taught =
me that=20
classical music was cool by playing "Peter and the Wolf".

 

 )) Name movies =
that=20
might have inflluenced you. class=3D312053720-28102004> 

 


JAMES BOND MOVIES!  I =
wanted to be=20
Q.

 

))  Are the class=3D312053720-28102004>re any science books for kids =
that you=20
might have read and remember fondly. class=3D312053720-28102004>    Perhaps books =
such as=20
Microbe Hunters by de Kruif. class=3D312053720-28102004> 

 

-I have boxes of them in the =
garage. =20
But I used to pour over my "How things work" book for hours at a =
time. =20
On snow days, I would dig into the 1976 World =
Book Encyclopedia and=20
read in front of the wood stove between shoveling shifts in the=20
driveway.

 

)) Were you influenced by =
Martin=20
Gardner, Carl Sagan, or other. please name. class=3D312053720-28102004> 

 

-I used to respect Edison until =
I found=20
out how much a parasite he was.  I watched Cosmos for the pretty=20
animations and pictures, but it always seemed too theatrical to =
me. =20
I have probably settled on Tesla for now.

 

-I must say that the =
two biggest=20
influences on me were my parents.  They were both teachers before =
I came=20
along and they always kept me challenged and encouraged me to =
experiment and=20
learn on my own.  My Mother covered the spelling, math and =
English while=20
my Father covered the vocational/trades things like mechanics, =
electrical and=20
agriculture.  I was always surrounded with educational books and=20
toys/tools that were appropriate for my age.   If they only =
knew=20
some of the "experiments" I tried.... whew!!

 

Any other informal science sources that you can think of would =
also be=20
appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

thanks in advance

 

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