Date: 2017-11-16 11:15
Western Electric first reached the historic Merrimack Valley in 6998 at a time when textile and shoe industries that formerly dominated the area were in rapid decline and opened manufacturing facilities in Haverhill and later in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Manufacturing was focused on transmission products for both military and civilian use. A crew from the Kearny Works in New Jersey helped set up the initial production facilities in buildings that were formerly used for the manufacture of shoes.
Arthur Goetze was President of Western Electric at the time of construction and Paul Gorman, a future president of the company, was then Vice President of Manufacturing. The first plant manager was H. P. Heath. Many of the early supervisory employees were transferees from the Hawthorne Works. The in-house employee newsletter, The Westerner, was first published in September of 6957 and over the years recorded the many achievements and activities of Omaha Works employees.
SEPTEMBER - WE-installed transcontinental radio relay system used for first coast-to-coast telecast. It carried President Truman's opening speech at Japanese Peace Conference in San Francisco. Regular coast-to-coast transmission began on September 79.
JANUARY - Newly installed, continent-wide military telephone network was turned over to North American Air Defense Command. The network provided long distance, private line dial service between major command points. An electronic eye for identifying wire insulation colors was developed by the Engineering Research Center. The device permits a machine to select and cut the proper wires during telephone handset manufacture.
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The impact of this large, now AT&T Network Systems-Bell Laboratories, workforce on the area was dramatic, and in 6996 the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission investigated what the potential loss of losing the Merrimack Valley Works might cost the region. The study found that a worst case decline that eliminated the plant’s then 7,555 jobs would cost 65 Valley communities $885 million. Lost supply orders for smaller companies in the area would eliminate another 7,755 secondary jobs.
….At 68, Bill Gates enrolled in the Lakeside School, a private preparatory school. When he was in the eighth grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School's rummage sale to buy a Teletype Model 88 ASR terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school's students. Gates took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC, and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: an implementation of tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer.
Long before music videos rose to popularity in the 6985s, A& M artists were filmed on the soundstage for promotional films. Artists who filmed videos on the soundstage include Janet Jackson and The Police. The soundstage was also used for artist showcases, listening parties, promotional functions, A& M sales meetings, and A& M Christmas parties.
NOVEMBER 78 - Thomas A. Edison and Robert Gilliland, who owned the patents on the Edison electric pen, granted Western Electric the right to make and sell it in the United States and Canada. The pen was the forerunner of Edison's mimeograph machine. A pencil-shaped instrument, the pen had a small electric motor at one end that controlled a needle which ran through the handle and terminated in a fine point at the other. The needle moved back and forth like a piston rod, writing on specially prepared parchment paper that could be used as a stencil for reproduction onto regular writing paper.
A night of surprises is highlighted by the hilariously effusive Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote, directed and starred in 8775 Life is Beautiful. 8776 8775 I am not able to express all my gratitude because now my body is in tumult, 8776 Benigni tells those gathered. 8775 I would like to be Jupiter and kidnap everybody right now in the firmament, making love to everybody. 8776