Tuesday, May 28, 2013

At the Forefront of Circuit Design

We were reinventing the future over 50 years ago
By John B.

For 16 years, I was an engineering specialist at Philco Corporation, later Philco-Ford. Salaries might have low, but they were adequate for the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Mr. Lorant, a scientist whose expertise was in Sidewinder missile malfunctions, hired me. I remember that we always resolved problems. I later worked in circuit design under Mr. Hebert, who represented Philco at circuit design conferences. My responsibility was to upgrade the Transac S-2000 circuitry design. I also installed upgrades in the field. I was asked to go to Palo Alto, California, to do installation electronics design at Oroville Dam, from 1966 to 1970, when I completed my assignment. Because of my position with the company, I was able to purchase a 1969 Ford LTD at two percent under dealer cost! I was recalled to our Willow Grove plant in Pennsylvania to represent Philco-Ford in the acceptance testing of optical character readers (OCRs) in post office locations throughout the United States. These are great memories!

I do remember the Transac S-2000!