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From: "Stephen Cannon" <sugar_bears_home@yahoo.com>
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Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 06:30:27 -0700
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The new book is called 75 Years of Innovation by B.J. Smith.  The book now
is on sale at the Rockwell Collins Company Store (hardcover in gift slipcase
is $30.99; hardcover is $21.99; softcover is $15.99).  I am not sure how to
purchase one of these on-line (cannot find the Rockwell-Collins company
store on-line).  There is a copy for sale on eBay
576669942 this is for the hardcover version and the eBay ad has a Table of
Contents and some pictures from the book.  The new book includes all the
contents of The First 50 Years plus more.  There is an excerpt of the new
book on-line at http://www.bjsmith.us/bookexcerpt.html.

Stephen AD7TD

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: Is there a biography of Art Collins? was:

There are several, I read Radio Wizard just over a year ago while searching
for information on ham radio in Story County/Ames Iowa before the present
radio club began. It said he was in Ames at a short wave short course as a
teen. But all I've been able to find have been ARRL section conventions in
that era. I did a history of the Story County ARC then and titled it Part II
because I know there is ham history in the county before the time the
present club began. Whether organized is another question. The Cyclone radio
club on campus dates back to the 19teens.

More than one of the other histories paints Art as a god and worships him
ignoring those foibles I encountered. Radio Wizard isn't so much that way
and generally agrees with my opinion of Art. It doesn't deify or worship

There is a new Collins history out sanctioned by the present
Rockwell-Collins, I've not seen it.

A search on Amazon with three words arthur collins radio turned up both of
these. A similar search on abebooks turned up "Radio Wizard" and a book
coauthered by Art in 1973.

Here's another from the Iowa State University library:
> The first 50 years : a history of Collins Radio Company and the Collins
Divisions of Rockwell International / by Ken C. Braband ; with excerpts from
articles by R.L. Carrel ... [et al.].
> by Braband, Ken C.
> Cedar Rapids, Iowa : Communications Dept., Avionics Group, Rockwell
International, c1983.
> # Subjects    Collins, Arthur Andrew, 1909-
> #     Collins Radio Company -- History.
> #     Radio supplies industry -- United States -- History.
> #     Telecommunication equipment industry -- United States -- History.
> Description:  
> ix, 218 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
> Bibliography:         
> Bibliography: p. 217-218.
> Other titles:         
> First fifty years.

Jay Miller's pictorial history of Collins ham gear I recall mentions Art
many times and hints he could do no wrong, which describes Art's own
evaluation of his actions.

73, Jerry, K0CQ

On 12/9/2010 7:27 PM, Paul Christensen wrote:
> Jim,
> Look for "Arthur Collins - Radio Wizard," by Ben W. Sterns. 2002. ISBN:
> 09716416-0-9.
> Abebooks.com may have a few copies.
> Paul, W9AC
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> From: "Jim Lowman"<jmlowman@sbcglobal.net>
> To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment"<tentec@contesting.com>
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 7:18 PM
> Subject: [TenTec] OT: Is there a biography of Art Collins? was:
> EagleComparison
>> Jerry or anyone,
>> Did someone happen to write a biography of Art Collins?  I think it 
>> would be interesting to read, based on some of your observations.
>> I checked on Amazon and didn't find anything.
>> So, he's responsible for the S-Line being out of the budget for this 
>> young ham?
>> His loss, I guess.  I went for the Drake R-4/T-4X, which was about 
>> the second best at the time.
>> 73 de Jim - AD6CW
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