|Donald and Dorothy came up to visit for Joyce's birthday in February.|
|Snowsledding always included stops to grill hot dogs, slide down
hills with the sleds, or dig holes in a snowbank and just hang out.
This is Lori and I believe, Kristi Guillaume.
|Bed Time Reading.|
|It's summer already and we are camping with Wrights and Wagners in
Canada. To get here you had to follow the northshore, cross the border above Grand
Portage, then take a road through the wilderness west past Whitefish Lake and on to Arrow
Joe like to fish on Whitefish and I think he caught a few. I don't recall so much as a nibble.
|We were pretty proud of our new 4WD '76 Surburban and
anxious to try it out on any and all roads.
Eventually we mounted a large luggage rack on the roof, that in combination with a few 2 x 4's, held the canoe nicely up off of the roof.
But starting with just these cushions, it was hard getting it up there without denting or scratching our new vehicle.
|Grand Portage was a favorite place to stop. This is a new lodge built in the image of the old one that had burned to the ground several years before. Indian women from the nearby reservation sat peacefully in the lodge, weaving beads and baskets as they must have for hundreds of years.|
|The totem pole photo was at the Beaver Bay Park/Playground.
This reminds me of two years later when we came back to this park. I had just gotten
over pneumonia and Lori had just gotten over the flu. We were both overjoyed to just
be out in the warm sun and fresh air and feelin' good again.
The photo at right was taken at the Two Harbors waterfront.
|Last year's photo shows the ham gear back in a smaller room which
was eventually turned into a bedroom. Here the gear has been moved out into the
main part of the upper basement. A few years later this area was enclosed and
finished off. Ham Radio and Radio Teletype operation continued to be the passion at
Model 15 TTY close-up.
|This visit to Ft. William was was either a side trip while camping
at Sibley Provincial Park, or on the way to or from the Park.
Many boats were here in various states of construction. Of the type used by the voyageurs in the fur trading heydays along what are now the boundary water lakes between the United States and Canada.
Another photo of a Fishing Boat
|Camping at Sibley. We remembered Rolf's "Rock Tower" project from two years
ago and managed to complete our own.
I believe the photo of Joyce and Dave at right was taken at a point a slight distance along the trail to Tee-Harbor.
Dave and Geoff Nass
My Pintail at Lax Lake
|Bring on the Clowns!
1976 - Bicentennial Celebration! Even a little town of 2200 people could make it a big deal.
Melissa Oxberry, Lori Fisher, and Angela Oxberry participated in the kids parade around the perimeter of the shopping center parking lot.
|Trick or Treating with Mike and Paul King|
|Digital clocks were just becoming
available in 1976 for around $75. Dave and I both liked them, and
when I found a kit of parts for around $35, I decided to build one for
him as a Christmas present. In early December I worked on it in the
basement for an hour or so after work for some time, and wouldn't let
him come down there - it was to be a surprise.
It didn't come with any sort of enclosure, so the result when finished in a homemade wooden box was not very professional, but we both were pleased with it.
A photo of the clock's innards is here.
|Early SC/MP Microprocessor computer system|
|Reserve Mining R&D Project
One corner of our lab at RMCo. Our work environment underwent great improvement after Bill Bundschue arrived from Babbit. The work counters, built-in power supplies, etc were all his doing. Looks like a electronics lab now instead of a metallurgical lab!
The blue box on the right is an early microprocessor (Intel 4004) development system - a passion of mine at that time. The gray Data Entry Panel on the left was one of my early projects with it. I did the design work - hardware and software, Jim Christiansen of the Instrument Shop did the fabrication. He turned out work using only hand tools that would be the envy of others with a full machine shop!
|Silica Analyzer Interface -
Another RMCo. Project.
It took the Binary Coded Decimal outputs from the NOLA (Neuton On-Line Analyzer) and assembled them into a single pulse train which was then clocked into the IBM 1800 Process Control Computer system, minimizing the number of computer I/O points required - expensive in those days!
My design, Jim Christiansen fabrication.