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Discussion in 'Member News and Views' started by Markus Harris, Mar 9, 2018.

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  1. Markus Harris

    Markus Harris Registered User

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    NOTE: Dan recently emailed me that he has been experiencing difficulties using the message board. He was clear that the difficulty is not technical: it has to do with his own memory and with the posting process itself.

    Of course I offered to post anything he wished to this forum for him.

    Below is what he sent me to be posted here, unedited, just as he sent it.
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    Present and after 54 years of membership in the NAWCC, many of you know me as [dweiss17]. In fact, the guy that introduced me to this world of horology; was a member with more than 50 years of service to this organization, just like 318 out of a possible 180,000 and former members. I, too, am a more than half a lifetime member.

    Even so, you know little about me except my boasting that I am a member for more than most people live during half their life, They tell me I joined October 1964, and I saw some sections of our “Interest to the Membership” that needed change and revision. While I could not make add, detract or eliminate parts of our Message Board that saw little or no use…we were successful in many other efforts to help improve parts of the Message Board that needed such improvement.

    We had no place where a member could communicate with another, except by PM or as it is called today Private Mail using our special setup for that purpose.

    We created the Members News and Views…just reply to any posting and it is done. You can add photos, other literature, in fact, anything that can be copied and used in a respectful way. It can be saved and used for a later time. Since it’s beginnings on October 26, 2010 we’ve had more than 300,000 hits and I never stopped to take count of the number of postings and the replies to those postings; but they are more than the word numerous,

    We had no place where we honored our 50-year members; now we have a beautiful setup thanks to my friend Maynard Dean of Louisiana, Imagine…318 members with more than 50 years of service to the world known here as horology. Our members have made important contributions to this world. From A to Z., you name it, it has been donated and posted here since our founding on November 7, 1943. Even when I first became an NAWCC member I was fortunate enough to meet and become friends with some of our founders. It makes me wonder, if any of our organizers were alive today…and there may be some…who would look at this horologic goliath they created…merely by having fellows of like mind join the NAWCC.

    In those days we met on Friday nights at the Engineer’s Club in center city. Our wives or girl friends accompanied us to these meetings; and we wore suit, vest and tie. Most men wore a pocket watch with chain and many of the ladies had smaller watches pinned to the lapel of their suits or wore them around their neck with a chain folded in a special way to look attractive, Today, most of these little watches are nothing but an heirloom from our earlier years. However, they are very collectible and members will still make a specialty of collecting these timepieces. Many had their initials engraved on the back cover and wore them with the initials
    as the main feature of the timepiece. Yet, many were masterpieces in respect to the
    overall beauty of the watch. Not only they gave you time of the day, the complete function of the watch, on some, were able to chime the minutes, hours and many had other functions suitable to its use.

    It reminds me, in those years, so long ago; many wives or girl friends accompanied their men to these meetings and other NAWCC events. We see little of this today, in fact, try to remember the last time you saw a member wear a vest, shirt and tie and had a chain in his vest holding a pocket watch. While we still we see women at these functions…it is nothing like it was in past years. Just stop to realize that practically any electronically contraption can and. will give you time of the day. Any phone, iPad or other electronic gadget has robbed us of what once we prized as a timepiece.

    --Dan Weiss
     
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  3. David S

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    Markus thank you very much for providing the update. When you talk to Dan again, tell him we miss his contributions, and only hope that he is able to get back on line.

    I send him my very best wishes.

    David
     
  4. John Hubby

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    Markus, thanks much for posting, and Dan if you are reading this congratulations on your well stated commentary about how times (and the NAWCC) have evolved.
     
  5. dweiss17

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    Friends: I am not totally helpless. Even though I am bound to a wheel chair, i have lost all
    mobility in my knees.

    I intend writing Ken McWilliams of chapter 190 and ask him if he will finish the 2018 book
    that contains watches and clocks in our Columbia Museum. Since December 8, 2016, I have
    been not too involved in the NAWCC and I should be...For a guy going on his 103rd year of
    life, I feel I can still contribute to our welfare.

    All Ken has to do is collate the finished pages I would send him and punch them to accept a
    plastic binding. The pages are too good not to put them together so they read properly.

    I wish to thank my friend Markus for posting what I sent him earlier today.
     
  6. dweiss17

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    How about we do something to thank the original 52 members who created this wonderful
    world for us horology bugs. I donated a plaque dated November 7, 1943, our date of
    creation, I just wish my knees would cooperate...I still think our present members should
    know about theses pioneers.

    Why not photograph it and let the world see the former members who created the NAWCC?
     
  7. shutterbug

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    Hey Dan! Glad to see you back! Sorry about the knees! Life can sure throw us a curve ball sometimes! How's your cat adjusting to the wheel chair? Did you move downstairs, to a new place, or did you get one of those fancy chair lifts to get you up and down?
     
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    Dan,

    Great to hear from you!

    Very sorry to hear about your knees.

    Hopefully, you made it through our recent storm without loss of power.

    Regards.
     
  9. David S

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    Dan welcome back.

    Here is a picture from my cat to yours. She is keeping the mouse away from my laptop.
    DSCF0430 (1).JPG

    David
     
  10. leeinv66

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    Good to hear from you Dan! Even though I'm a dog person, I have always had cats as well. Here is a picture of our Sox. He is 22 going on 23. Doesn't move too well anymore, but still enjoys every day.

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  11. shimmystep

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    Nice to hear from you Dan :)
     
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    Dan, I may not wear a tie but always a vest and chain to any marts I attend, wouldn't go any other way, wear a vest and watch to church every Sunday as well. Good to hear from you, our cat, Maysie, says meow.
     
  13. Bill Stuntz

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    Dan, we've missed you. WELCOME BACK! :excited:
     
  14. Tyler K

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    Welcome back Dan! Sorry to hear about your knees, how awful. Looking forward to reading some more of your posts!
     

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