Thank you, Maddie! Jim was a real giant in the industry. I mean that 
both figuratively and literally -- he was very tall <smile>.

Interesting, Dave! I guess he had that effect on many people.

When I was on the board of the LA Section of the AES, I asked him to 
speak on tape restoration there as I had been hearing horror stories. We 
came up with theme for the presention: Just because you can't play the 
tape doesn't mean it's trash!

It was our discussions about that presentation that led to him 
entrusting the Mullin-Palmer collection tapes to me for digitization and 
he and I worked on them every spare minute when he was in LA for the 

That story is documented here.

And a side note: that bag of tape that Jim is holding in the photo on 
page four of the article was wound onto reels by Stanford archivists and 
returned to me about five years later, so even that didn't get away in 
the end!



On 2017-06-17 5:05 PM, David Radlauer wrote:
 > Thanks Richard.   My path crossed with Wheeler in early 1990s.   It 
launched my interest in tape preservation.
 > Dave Radlauer

On 2017-06-17 4:24 PM, Maddie Dietrich wrote:
> Thank you for sharing, Richard, and I  am sorry for your loss, and that of
> the industry.
> Maddie
> On Sat, Jun 17, 2017 at 3:42 PM, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> I have sad news. My friend, mentor, and in many ways the person who was
>> most influential in encouraging me to become involved in audio tape
>> restoration, Jim Wheeler, passed away recently. I have no further details.
>> Jim's wife called Jim Lindner who emailed me.
>> As many of you may know, Jim Wheeler's health had deteriorated over the
>> last decade, so this is not unexpected. He had not been living at home for
>> a while.
Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.