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Mike Butler (media):
I see several mentions of Ampex in this thread, but none about Alexander Michael Poniatoff, who was literally the A.M.P. of Ampex, and a multi-talented engineer in his own right.

Mike {AB} Butler:
Mike,
I worked at Ampex from 1980 to 1990. You are correct about Alexander Poniatoff being the founder, but his real expertise was in stepping back.. and letting the experts shine. The 401 Broadway works were the birthing grounds for so many technologies, ideas and companies it's really hard to pin down how huge his contributions were. Ampex, for all their expertise, though, had a hard time succeeding long term in pro audio. But prior to that, they impacted just about all early implementations of studios, Theatres, and even consumer products. The fact that I worked alongside the guy who reinvented the german Magnetophone into the father of all studio tape recorders, the guy who invented longitudinal scanning for the first viable Video recording system, and the guy who first conceptualized and proto'd the helical scan system (RCA beat them to that patent), as well as 2 of the guys who went on to do THX at Dolby labs (don't forget that Ray Dolby even started at Ampex).
Ampex started out as an electric motor manufacturer for all the radar systems, BTW.
Too many stories.. too little time.  
Regards,

Guy Nix:
Hey Bink, I may have missed it, but I didn't see Bob Heil mentioned here. I'm sure he has a lot more pictures than the ones he already posted here:http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/23816/0/

Sorry if I missed it, or it doesn't belong here.
Guy

Michael 'Bink' Knowles:
Guy Nix wrote on Thu, 24 July 2008 09:13
Hey Bink, I may have missed it, but I didn't see Bob Heil mentioned here. I'm sure he has a lot more pictures than the ones he already posted here:http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/23816/0/

Sorry if I missed it, or it doesn't belong here.
Guy


Heil most certainly deserves a page on Wikipedia.

-Bink

Mike Butler (media):
Michael 'Bink' Knowles wrote on Mon, 28 July 2008 13:55
Guy Nix wrote on Thu, 24 July 2008 09:13
Hey Bink, I may have missed it, but I didn't see Bob Heil mentioned here. I'm sure he has a lot more pictures than the ones he already posted here:http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/23816/0/

Sorry if I missed it, or it doesn't belong here.
Guy


Heil most certainly deserves a page on Wikipedia.

-Bink

Dang, yeah! You volunteerin'?

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