Mike Csontos wrote:
> In a message dated 11/19/2009 12:19:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
>> Why did you use the word "definitely"??? It seemed immediately obvious
>> that she didn't know. This was confirmed by her off-list reply to me:
> When challenged on the other list the reply was "they are 45, I'm old
> enough to know about records",
Interesting reply from a lady! Is she old enough to have been around
BEFORE 45s? Will she admit to being older than 60? I doubt it. So
what that means is that in her lifetime 7-inch records meant 45. Of
course, that also is quite untrue since small hole 7-inchers were
usually 33 except a lot of European, especially British, small hole
7-inchers are 45.
> and, how does one get to be "Senior Archivist &
> Historian, Institute on World War II & the Human Experience" without ever
> hearing about WWII voice letters?
Not much competition for the job? A print media person who was naver
TRAINED in AV and thought her life experiences would make her
knowledgeable in media? A friend of Tom Brokaw? But she seemed
compliant to my speed comment to me, and it surprised me that she was so
argumentative on that other list.
> I explained there that the 45 speed would have been impossible during WWII
> and the content should help identify the era. There are STILL US troops
> stationed in Korea and Germany so the recording could have been made any time
> in the 50's. It would be an interesting rare example of a use of disk
> recording technology if it were and therefore of interest to ARSC, as well as
> that apparently nobody used it after WWII.
That is true, and have any of us EVER come across a similar item from
the Korea or 50s era? My assumption to refute her 45 claim is that
her institute is specifically involved with WW II ONLY.
> Usually it's hard to guess what people have, based on their descriptions.
> I hesitate to dismiss something as impossible just because it isn't like
> anything I've seen. However a picture, or the object in hand, saves a lot of
Yes, that picture she sent did help me. Why it is not already on the
web site I do not know.
> It is amazing how little most people know about anything remotely technical
> nowadays. Recently someone at the museum said he has come WWII voice
> letters on "thick, heavy disks" (relative to CDs?), and a letter from Germany
> about some pre war "wireless recordings" (since he "knew" that wire recording
> didn't exist until after the war!). I wouldn't try to guess!
> Mike Csontos
If they were "wireless" what were they??? But this is like the website
of that California pressing plant that described 78s as a vinyl layer
glued onto heavy paper. That was discussed on the 78-L last week. You
would think a company in business of pressing records would know better.
In the case of this lady, she seemed compliant to my comment but I am
surprised to see how argumentative she apparently was on that other list.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]