Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 14:03:03 -0600
Author: "Duane Warn"
Subject: Re: Question for all on this list
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Your responses have shaken loose lots of old cob webs from the last
century. To put things in perspective I grew up on a not very
prosperous dairy farm and I started this gig in 1944, long before we
were able to afford TV. I went to a 2 room grade school for the first 8
years that was one mile away and up hill both ways. Most of the toys I
played with were my older brothers. He got lots of stuff because he was
the first on the scene. Also when I touched down, WWII was in full
swing and cool stuff was hard to find. I still have most of the junk,
and part if it is office decorations.
2 chemistry sets but spent most of the time trying to make gun powder
to go bang or make rockets. (Pre Esties)
1 Erector set
1 crappy microscope
Lincoln logs and tinker toys
lots of modeling clay to make cars and stuff out of.
Made several electric motors
Made several crystal radios and later transistorized them.
1960 got my Ham licence, which I still have, and was into making Home
Bru Ham gear.
We went to the museum at the U. of Washington in Seattle. They had
some cool mummies.
Early radio shows were Sky King that had an opening montage of a plane
fling over. I wondered why he throttled back when he flew over.
I learned how to read with Boys Life, Popular Mechanics, Popular
Science, and Mechanics Illustrated.
The TV programs that I was impressed with were the GE specials like Our
Mr. Sun, Hemo the Magnificent .....
One move that I thought was cool was Ear My Dust with Red Skelton
where he made a car out of odds and ends of junk.
When I was in 6th grade, we had a week long session of Sermons in
Science by the Moody Institute of Science (Moody Bible Institute) where
the guy did hundreds of demos. He had an Oden coil that he stood on and
fried a stick in his hand. He gave me the stick with all of the scorch
marks. The point he was trying to get across was being "in tune with
God" so he didn't mention the skin effect. He wasn't able to save my
soul, but he sure peaked my interest in science.
Another influential person was Virgil Vail of Northwest Nazerine
College. He could make ANYTHING! He gave me the ham licence test.
Another one was my Chemistry Teacher. By that time I was well on my way
to my present destruction.
I wonder how important these influences are in determining our
passions. My brother had a head start and lots of advantages that I
didn't have and he went off in a completely different direction. I
still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!
Thanks for getting me to think about things I did 50 years ago.
Boise State U.
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