Today is the 100th anniversary of Jack Murdock's birthday. Melvin "Jack" Murdock was born in Portland on August 15, 1917. Jack went by his middle name as did his friend and business partner Charles "Howard" Vollum whom he met in 1936. Together, with Miles Tippery and Glenn McDowell, they formed Tekrad in 1946 and soon changed the name to Tektronix. Jack was the Vice President and General Manager of Tektronix and in 1960 he became Chairman of the Board until his death in 1971. We have a recording of Jack Murdock's presentation to the Portland Chamber of Commerce in November of 1966 where he focuses on the effects of automation on society. You can listen to it on our Audio Gallery. Happy Birthday Jack!
We have much improved traffic in our new location. In addition we are receiving many more requests for group events and tours including student groups which we look forward to hosting. We still need additional volunteers to help in many areas, but especially with our STEM outreach. You can find more information ay our STEM Education.
We have been busy adding to our website. If you haven't been there recently you will be pleasantly surprised. We have added on-line exhibits and will continue to expand this area. There are some interesting on-line exhibits including the Transmission Electron Microscope and Tek Labs graphic research. We have added more scanned material including TekTopics which was the Guernsey plant newsletter. We are also in the process of adding pages for the many Tektronix sites. Tek Holland has been completed as well as Sunset. Others are being worked on and some haven't been started. If you have any photos or stories to add please contact the museum. We also have a page for personal Tektronix stories and have added some new ones there as well. Also added to the website are a complete listing of Tektronix US patents through 2010 and schematic cartoons. We know we haven't captured all the cartoons so if you know of any we missed please let us know.
We moved more items to our eBay store and are keeping the more heavy local pickup only items on the vintageTEK store along with our branded smaller items. Our stores are at www.vintagetek.org/store/ and www.ebay.com/usr/vintagetek/ These stores, along with donations, are the museum's only source of funding so we appreciate your patronage.
We will attempt to have a monthly email to our museum associates. We still are looking for volunteers to help with our social media outreach so contact us if you are interested. Our thanks to our many volunteers who do help run and organize the museum. This month we would like to highlight one of our volunteers Pat Green.
Pat worked at Tektronix in the Display Group in Tek Labs from 1979 to 1994 and then at Planar where he recently retired in December 2016. Pat has taken on the role of organizing our documentation and video library and is responsible for scanning many of the new articles and documents that appear on our site. Recent documents added to the website include the photos from some of the early calendars which highlighted products, areas of the company, and detailed company growth. Pat also scanned a series of documents on CRT development, the storage CRT, the Beaverton land purchase, and other interesting articles and documents. Our thanks to Pat for helping to make this early history more accessible.
We are also in process of digitizing more videos as well. Our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UCMh66Lh4AQrkVBpN2N5RZuA now has over 4,000 subscribers. Be watching as we add more videos soon. Most, but not all videos are listed on our Video Gallery.
If you would like to volunteer at the museum, we would welcome your help. Simply contact us for details. The Volunteers Wanted page details some of our needs.