Saturday, July 19, 2014

Osterode as we saw in 1988

These are the photos contributed by Dr. Oe.      The Osterode plant is no longer at this site and remains only in our memory and some photos such as these.           Some of the photos are Dr. Oe's own snapshot during his visit in 1988 and some are from brochures he had on hand.
Thank you Dr. Oe for your contribution.

This anodizing section photo was in a brochure Dr. Oe had in his file.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

On the Upbeat October 1984

Al Wierling of Miami who provided this newsletter appears as one of the six  $100,000 seller in Aug.   Others are Bernie Goldman , Gene Bixler, John Jordan, Marvin Lester and Tony Passante...... All familiar names!        Read all the details HERE.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mr. Bernard R. Gold RIP

An Obituary for Mr. Bernard R. Gold showed up on New York Times.     His wife passed away about a year ago in April  2013 and he followed her in December 2013.    He was 89 years old.       Those who do not remember him as the VP of finance may still be interested in knowing that Polychrome pension plan was created by him over reluctance of Mr. Halpern.       Read the full text of the obituary HERE.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On the Upbeat Sept. 84

As a member of technical department I did not have chance to see this newsletter published for the sales and marketing department personnel.      So thanks to Al Wierling I (and you) can now see what was going on at that time in the field.       You will note many familiar names from all over the country.

You can read all pages HERE.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Dr. Oe, Mr. Hayakawa and Mr. Matsuura

Here is a photo from the  recent Tokyo mini-reunion with Dr. Oe, Mr. Hayakawa and Mr. Matsuura.       Dr. Oe was recruited by DIC from his teaching position at the Kushu University to start research on new printing plate.      He became the champion to build plate factory in Japan and he successfully built not only the factory but also the technical staff as well.         His contribution was not unnoticed and when Kodak Polychrome asked DIC to fully transfer him to KPG to become executive, Mr. Okumura, then president said simply that he has another idea.       This another idea lead Dr. Oe to rapidly move up within DIC and resulted in his becoming president and then chairman of DIC.            Mr. Hayakawa succeeded Dr. Oe to run Gunma R&D.        His concept of training R&D personnel to work vertically, that is, to start from synthesis to final product produced many competent all around research chemists and engineers.           Mr. Mastuura has a technical background but under Dr. Oe he has developed into a strong technical/marketing person and when KPG was formed he was named plate marketing manager and then head of KPG.     When KPG became Kodak he was named the head of Kodak Japan.          He currently serves as an executive at Mutoh Industries.

At this reunion, Dr. Oe was nursing his neck injuries he suffered from a fall but said he still runs every day for about an hour.         Mr. Hayakawa was about to retire in July but was asked to extend his service a bit longer.    (This reunion was intended originally for his "graduation" but was a bit premature!)        Mr. Matuura is enjoying various challenges at his new post.           We promised each other to meet again.  

Dr. Oe, Mr. Hayakawa, Mr. Matsuura and me in Tokyo Ginza

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Service Awards Catalog

Al Wiering's contribution included a catalog for the Service Awards.        From the logo style this is probably in the 80's.      When we reached 5,10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service we were given opportunity to choose gift from this catalog.       Judging from the fact I did not receive 5, 10 and 15 year gift this tradition must have started at that time. ( I was then past 15 years of service.)
See inside HERE to see what the choices were at your anniversary date.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Polychrome News (Sales Reports) Vol4 no.2

One of the Al Wierling's contribution was the"Polychrome News" (Sales Reports)   Vol.4 no. 2.    
This does not carry publishing dates bat judging from the contents... announcement of birth to Juan Ortizz, Jack Reeves, Bill Wilerson and Phil Paspalas... all in June 1981 (wow productive month!), this must have been printed in mid 1981.

Read the full contents HERE.