56 YEARS OF THE NAWCC

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  1. dweiss17

    dweiss17 Registered User
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    A LITTLE BIT OF THINKING ABOUT MY PAST

    yesterday, I wrote a c heck for $90 to pay fpr my 2020 dues. It is not due until October, but I wanted to get it out of the way. By the way, this will be my 56th year of NAWCC membership. It makes me wonder has anyone been a member longer than I.

    In less than four months I'll be celebrating my 104th year of life. Do we have any older members? It's no fun at my age being tied to a wheel chair to get around the living quarters. I have not been to the ground floor in over two years and it pains me to think what will become of stuff I have accumulated all these bygone years;
    some are still worth quite a few bucks and would make any watch collector happy to possess.

    For sometime I have been itching to write how my life was ordained when we moved from Fairmount Avenue to Columbia Avenue...it would really make a good movie if all that happened from age 8 to 104 was incorporaated in the story. My lack of schooling, how I got connected to the Graphic Arts, my two marriges; one bigamous, meeting Evelyn and 39 years of happy marriage and how a picture of a bracket clock got me into all my years in the NAWCC and the host of people that became my friends and my watch discoveries. I will name only one...the only watch that came from E. Howard and had no engraving on its plates.
     
  2. new2clocks

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    Dan, where did you live at that time? Brewerytown? Strawberry Mansion? Kensington?

    Regards.
     
  3. musicguy

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    What was the NAWCC like 56 years ago.



    Rob
     
  4. richiec

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    Probably much busier than today, couldn't buy off Ebay, Craigs list etc. You got to see the watch in hand instead of a picture. Likely not as much information as there is today either. I have noticed a big change in 11 years and not for the better, less people at marts, members leaving at record pace, no busy buying and selling as before at marts. Gold scrappers showing up claiming to be watchmakers and collectors. Dan, put it all together while you can.
     
  5. bangster

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    Warm regards to you, Dan.
     
  6. Kevin W.

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    Take care Dan and i hope you can get help to sort all your watches and things on the other floor. Be well.
     
  7. shutterbug

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    If you have a friend/relative willing to help, it would be good if you could get your will drawn up to include what you want done with all of your house treasures. It might make you feel more confident ;) I agree it's disquieting to think of what others will think of the things we treasure when we're gone.
     
  8. Tom McIntyre

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    Dan, you have been around a long time, but I believe John Miner is still around in Denver. He has member number 191. He was enrolled 1/1/1945 by his father who worked for the Illinois Watch Co. for many years and was there when my hero Charles E. DeLong left in 1920 for the dry desert southwest.

    I think John's father thought it would work just as well to have John as a member as himself since they had the same name.

    I suspect John's 75 year membership will hold the record for a while and hopefully will become a larger number. I believe he is about 5 years younger than you, but I am not sure. Maybe one of John's friends from Denver who reads the Message Board can share his birth date. I know he sometimes attends the Boulder Horological Society chapter meetings.

    I am planning to live until 2055 and if I make that it will be 84 years of membership. :)
     

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