[AMPS] Alphas

measures 2@vc.net
Sun, 10 Sep 2000 11:41:04 -0700

>At this year's Dayton Convention one of the factor reps told me that
>there have been about 1,500 87a sold (since 1984?). If that is the case,
>two things are obvious: the market is small and the Alpha people have
>been running a charity and not managing an investment. 

Amen to that.  It appeared that, like Collins Radio, the ham end of the 
business was supported by other operations.  As I understand it,  Dick 
supported Alpha with profits from his lucrative MRI contract with GE 
Medical.  However, GE apparently investigated a high failure rate problem 
with 8877s and concluded that there was a design error.  When GE told 
Dick to fix the problem,  Dick told GE no, that the problem was with 
Eimac.   GE cancelled Dick's contract. Dick should have known better than 
to try to this with the company that G. W.  Fyler used to work for.   
Also, GE makes gas turbine engines -- which have serious problems with 
parasitic oscillations in turbine blades.   
Denial of reality is a dangerous human malady.  It almost cost Bill the 
Presidency.  It's likely to cost George W.  in November.   
cheers,  Perry

-  Rich..., 805.386.3734, www.vcnet.com/measures.  

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