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  1. bangster

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    #51 bangster, Jul 13, 2017
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    I've posted a link to this thread in the Items of Ongoing Interest thread in the Clock Repair forum.

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    Thanks George, for starting it.

    Nyahh nyahh, dickstorer is older than me.:Party:
     
  2. leeinv66

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    I thought you were talking about the parrot bangster. Don't those things live to be 80 or so?
     
  3. bangster

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    #53 bangster, Jul 14, 2017
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    They do indeed. Last parrot we had lived to be 48, but should have been more. I expect this one, currently 24 yrs old, to be giving trouble long after I'm gone.
     
  4. George Nelson

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    Bangster,

    Wow! From the style of your writing and postings, I had assumed you were in your 30's! I'm quite impressed!

    Thanks for your service as a Moderator- I can't imagine that it could be an easy job.

    I appreciate the link to this thread. It has been SO MUCH fun learning about everyone. In reference to what I said about your postings, it is so easy to assume things about a person merely from their writing and not from true, personal interaction.

    If my health would allow travel to various meetings and Regionals, etc., I would have met many of our members, for sure. For now, however, this Message Board and it's marvelous members help me to feel connected in many ways.

    Thanks, Bangster and everyone- I do love these discussions!

    Best to all,

    George
     
  5. dickstorer

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    George Nelson, maybe we all need to give you our thanks for this thread. It is most interesting, Yes, I may be the oldest reader of this forum. If any are older I would like to hear from them. I will be 84 in January and I'm proud to say I have no serious health issues. And, I still spend several hours a day at my bench. I am continuously amazed at the talent of our members. Lets keep this going.
     
  6. George Nelson

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    A very humble 'Thank You', Dickstorer!
     
  7. bangster

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    Bringing this back to the top, in hope of getting more participants.
     
  8. Missy

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    Dickstorer, since no one has responded to your request to hear from anyone older than you I will reply. I will be 86 the end of September. But the oldest would be Dan Weiss who is 101. He is amazing and has done so much for the NAWCC. He was instrumental in starting the "Members News and Views" section of this board and so much more.

    As a child, my husband was fascinated by a kitchen clock that sat on the mantle at his grandfather's house. In the early '60's, after visiting with a clock repairman (who sponsored us) we joined the NAWCC in January 1964.

    We began collecting clocks when we could find them in Louisiana where we lived. The picking were few and far between. Finally we found a very nice Mr. Lee in Albany, NY who would mail us catalogs of clocks for sell. We would buy what we could afford and ended up with a nice collection. I'm sure none of our clocks are museum pieces, but we loved every one.

    When my husband died in 1999, I kind of lost interest in the clocks and dropped membership in NAWCC. After about 5 years I began to think about the clocks again and rejoined NAWCC. When I got a computer, I found this board and have learned so much. The experts on this board are so kind and patient and give of their knowledge so freely. I wish I had know about it when we were active with our clock collecting.

    Age has slowed my working on my clocks. Since I had cataract surgery, my near vision is gone. I don't have the strength in my hands i used to have either. I still love to research and help when I can. So the moral of the story is the love of clocks is addictive. Even if it ebbs and floes, it is always there just waiting to pop up again.

    Best to all clock lovers,
    Missy
     
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    That sure strikes a chord with me Missy! I have put clock repair and collecting on the back burner several times throughout my life. But, it always finds a way to remind me just how much I enjoy this hobby.
     
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    Missy, that was just a great post. I got my start while living near New Orleans, a friend introduced me to clocks. We were both in the Navy, stationed at Belle Chase. It was called Naval Air Station New Orleans. We made many lunch time trips to Magazine Street visiting the antique stores and buying clocks when we could. That was in 1965 and it was also when I joined the NAWCC. Dues were then $8.00 per year. Thanks again for that great post.
     
  11. George Nelson

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    I'm in total agreement with dickstorer, Missy! You sound so young and vibrant in your postings! My heartiest congratulations, and thanks for your wonderful posting.

    My best to all,

    George
     
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    I've attended a bunch of local NAWCC meetings(3 different chapters) and at 53 yrs old
    I'm close to the youngest person in the room(except for my 21yr old son who also attends).
    I'm still in the accumulation faze of collecting, while many at the Marts are in the distribution faze. What I can say
    is that it's a really great group of people. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and inviting.
    It's nice to be around like minded people who appreciate our similar interests.



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  13. bangster

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    Have us Old Farts scared off young'uns from getting in on the act?
    Hope not. This is a very cool thread. :clap:
     
  14. TJ Cornish

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    Well, I'm TJ Cornish (I know - you would never have guessed), and I'm several decades younger (late '30's) than the average age of the posters so far on this thread. The clock bug is hereditary in my family, traceable up several generations from me and down to at least one of my children.

    I work in IT, and do professional lighting and sound reinforcement on the side, as well as being a musician. Lately most of my free time has been spent sanding, staining, and varnishing many board feet of oak for a coffered ceiling project in our living room; done at least in part (please don't tell my wife) to make a more suitable home for some clocks, currently a nice Gustav Becker Vienna Regulator. The picture below shows the current state of the project. Note that the clock is already back on the wall even though the ceiling is only about half assembled.

    I have a small collection of clocks and watches, many of which work. I've taken a couple apart and cleaned/attempted to fix, and I have ambitions to do more of this, but the long list of other things going on in my life have thus far gotten in the way.

    My greatest success thus far comes out of one of my greatest boneheaded moves. I purchased the GB Vienna pictured while on vacation, and couldn't resist hanging it up where we were staying. A sturdy-enough looking screw in the wall turned out to not be, which created a number of learning opportunities while I rebuilt the case and re-machined new mounting posts for the movement. Apart from a couple more dings and scratches, the clock is alive and well, and hopefully the wisdom and experience gained will give me more successes and fewer failures in the future.
     
  15. bangster

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    Cool little library table. :Party:
     
  16. Gordon Andersen

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    Good morning,
    I am writing in re to the request for the oldest member of this forum.
    I'm not the oldest. But, In a couple of weeks I'll be getting pretty close
    to that step in years. On 8 August, I will be hitting the 90 year mark,
    and start looking forward to later years.
    I have been working on clocks now for at least 50 years. My, how the
    years go past. My clock repair time has been spent more as a self
    supporting hobby. And, enjoying every minute. And, I am looking
    forward to many more of those type minutes.
    Gordon Andersen
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    Hi TJ,

    Love the bold wall color! Really makes the clock's wood tones pop.

    Bob
     
  18. TJ Cornish

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    Thanks Bob. We think it looks good, too. Our house was built in the '90's and has that lovely Golden Oak woodwork color with bright brass handles on everything (yuck). It's going to be a long-term project, but we are starting to replace the woodwork with a darker, less dated color as seen on the ceiling trimwork. I also scraped the popcorn ceiling finish off the room. My wife would like that done elsewhere in the house, but it was a big enough job that any possibility of that will be FAR in the future.
     
  19. George Nelson

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    Gordon,

    Thanks so much for posting! Please accept my very best wishes for a wonderful 90th birthday! Quite a milestone, and one to be proud of.

    All my best,

    George Nelson
     
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    Popcorn ceiling may contain asbestos. Handle with care.Yoda
     
  21. JTD

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    Bangster, I'm glad you said about asbestos. I wanted to, but wasn't sure that 'popcorn' ceilings were the same as what in Europe are called 'Artex'. A while back I wanted to get Artex removed and all building contractors refused to do it. I had to ask a licensed asbestos worker for a quote and it was so expensive I just left the Artex on the ceiling. He would have had to have full protective clothing, breathing apparatus and we couldn't have been in the house at the same time.

    I would lick a dozen luminous watch hands rather than deal with asbestos unproteceted and risk mesothelioma!!

    JTD
     
  22. TJ Cornish

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    Fair point and I appreciate the concern, but asbestos was banned in 1978. It may have lingered in the supply chain for a little while, but my house was built in 1995, so I'm in the clear - I have the Styrofoam version, which looks different than Wikipedia's picture of the asbestos version.
     
  23. JTD

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    That's good then, as long as you're sure. Of course, asbestos in solid form (sheets etc.) isn't dangerous, it's the tiny fibres that you can breathe in when you grind off Artex/Popcorn or saw through sheets that do the real damage, often decades later.

    Looks like you're good to go.

    JTD
     
  24. DeanT

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    Hi, Dean from Melbourne Australia. Aged 47 and studied mathematics and physics at university. Sold out and wasted my mathematical ability becoming a derivatives trader after a brief interlude training to be a medical doctor. Have a healthy dislike for the culture of the banking industry but have suffered through it for many years....4 children aged 17 to 10 (only one has any mechanical interest) and I intend to retire from banking when the youngest finishes school or they fire me whichever comes first!

    My favourite subject at university was classical mechanics and from that I developed an interest in the pendulum. My first clock was a badly run down Eardley Norton bracket clock which I purchased to restore not knowing anything about clocks. I found the local clock club held restoration classes on Saturday and turned up with the clock and no idea how to fix it. A couple of the experts helped me enormously while I suspect secretly thinking I had bitten off more than I could chew....

    My only interest was English clocks but recently I have obtained a few early European clocks. Like many of the participants on this BB I have too many clocks and I am trying to be more selective at what I acquire. Looking to meet other collectors in Australia as I don't know many at present.

    I also rides bikes and have successfully broken numerous bones....elbow, thumb, collarbone, 8 ribs (3 different accidents), hand, 3 times concussed and the best one was snapping my femur in half!
     
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