The Buzz: 20 Years Ago in Sound & Video Contractor
Nov 1, 2004 12:00 PM, By Mark Johnson
Where Are They Now?
The November '84 issue was all about intercommunications. In the first of two parts, basic system types, equipment offerings, and application examples were reviewed. The cover feature was about the role of intercommunications in the NASA space program. Brian Welch offered “Space Shuttle: The Invisible Link To Space.”
Linda Jacobson and Bruce Gordon provided a look at “Olympics: The Behind-the-Scenes Signal” that highlighted the intercom systems employed for the athletic facilities and events during the '84 Olympics. Fast-forward to 2004 — Jacobson, an authoritative voice in the field of virtual reality, is the CEO and founder of Glass House Studio. Previously employed at Silicon Graphics, Inc. as its VR evangelist, Jacobson was also a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and authored CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology (1992) and Garage Virtual Reality (1994).
“Wireless Intercoms: A Flexible Solution” was contributed by John Kenyon. Kenyon was general sales manager for HME.
Industrial applications were covered in four articles: “The Modern Conference Line Intercom” by Stan Huber, director of engineering for RTS Systems; “A Smart Investment for Bankers Trust” by Mark Lawrence; “Positive ID with Video Intercoms” by Cameron W. Cotrill, senior engineering manager for ELBEX/America; and “Making the Grade for Schools” by Tom O'Brien, who was with Rauland-Borg.
Three articles focused on residential applications: “From Open Windows to Sophisticated Security” by Leon Goldberg and David Goldberg; “Telephones Are Opening Doors” by Suresh Gajwani; and “Wiring and Troubleshooting” by Earl Zausmer.
The entertainment beat was covered by “Backstage: A Wireless Advantage” by Royce Krilanovich and “On the Field: Coach-to-Spotter Communications.”
Finally, the retail aspect included “A Versatile Package” by Stan Kohagen and “Fast-Lane Intercoms” by Dan Kagan.
Some of the ads that ran in the November '84 issue include: Shure was promoting its SM59 microphone, which was designed for permanent installation in public address applications. The SM59 is no longer included in Shure's product line.
Now operating as Zenitel (see the article on paging systems on p. 58), Stentofon Communications advertised the Stentofon Duplex Intercom System.
Electro-Voice's FR 15-2, FR 12-2, and PI100 speaker systems were featured in its ad. I remember we used quite a few PI100s as outdoor speakers throughout the theme park I worked in many years ago. And a quick look at EV's website reveals that the FR series is still around, but has been updated to the FRi series.
A name well known in the audio industry, Jensen Transformers featured a variety of transformers for a variety of audio applications. The company was founded in 1974 by Deane Jensen. Jensen Transformers is currently run by Bill Whitlock, who took over after Jensen's death in 1989. The company also manufactures video isolation products.
In people news, Crown International announced the addition of Bill Raventos to its staff as microphone product director. Currently, Raventos is the director of marketing at Ivie Technologies, which incidentally, had a pretty groovy little audio analyzer, the IE30A in those days. Now out of production, the IE30 is replaced by the IE33, also a groovy little audio analyzer.
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