TI plant from White Rock on Buffalo Mountain

Hiked up to White Rock in February. From notes kept, it's a 70 min hike to get up there, but only 41 min to get back down.

Temperatures on this February day ranged from 41 deg in the morning to 51 deg in late afternoon. Typical for East Tennessee I guess.

I had company in early afternoon when an ETSU outdoors group arrived to practice repelling on the nearby cliffs. .

Another, broader view here, looking over the plant toward Elizabethton.
That's the Texas Instrument Industrial Controls Division plant in the center of the photo, where I started working in 1984, This day being a Saturday, the parking lots were empty. Modules D, E, and F are visible above the "spine", the warehouse at far right, and the cafeteria and the temporary trailers are below the spine.   Here is another plant photo from a different direction.

Hilton Head Island - This is the first time we visited the island.  Dorothy, Joyce, Lori, and I.  We stayed at a villa on South Forrest Beach Drive, just outside of Sea Pines, but bicycling privileges inside the plantation were included.

More HHI photos


Instrument Society of America officers, 1988-1989

I credit my new job opportunity at Texas Instruments in Tennessee to the Instrument Society of America and my association with them.   While working at Reserve Mining Co, we had an active Lake Superior section that met monthly at many locations in NE Minnesota, and frequently tours of industrial plants in the area with an emphasis on instrumentation were included.

When attending the National ISA symposium in Houston, TX in Oct of 1983, I had lunch with college friend John Koster, who re-introduced me to Bob Whittinger, who was in the process of relocating from Dallas to Johnson City, TN to work at the Industrial Controls Division of Texas Instruments there.  Bob told me about opportunities with Joe Cowan's group who was developing a new control system (code name Astronomer), which was hoped to compete head-on with Honeywell's TDC-2000 system. That contact led to a phone interview with Hank Nystrom and a plant-visit just after Thanksgiving.  I started the new job in January of 1984, but our family didn't move down until late May.

After arriving in Tennessee, I got involved with the local ISA section that met every month at the Tennessee Eastman cabin on Bays Mountain near Kingsport.  I wanted to contribute and ended up following the normal 2nd VP, 1st VP, President, and National Delegate job progression in successive years

The introductory 2nd Vice President position was the toughest.  The incumbent had to show up for the meeting two hours early, delivering the steaks from the wholesaler in Johnson City to the cook, making the hor d'oeuvres and getting the drinks iced down for the meeting.

The 1st Vice-President position followed the next year with the major responsibility being to line up speakers and programs. The position of President was assumed the third year and was easiest of all - introduce speakers at the monthly meetings and make sure ladies-night came off without a hitch!

Individuals in the photo above:

Front Row, Left to Right:
Jerry Reese, Mead Paper, Treasurer
Bill Lewis, Holston Defense Corporation, Delegate to the National ISA Symposium
Satish Mehta, Tennessee Eastman, Second Vice-President
Ken Fisher, Texas Instruments, First Vice-President
Barry Ornitz, ECD Research Labs, President

Back Row, left to right
Paul Harmon, Tennessee Eastman, Membership Chairman
Joe Jefferson, retired Tennessee Eastman, Education Chairman
Fred Eldreth, retired Tennessee Eastman, Student Section Liaison
Les Dots, L.E. Dotts & Assoc., Rules & Procedures Chairman
Dennis Corrigan, Tennessee Eastman, Secretary

Barry Ornitz, WA4VZQ, to my left, became a good friend over the years due to our mutual interest in Amateur Radio. We hardly ever did talk on the radio, but made many trips together to Holston Mountain for Field Day, or to Shelby NC for the "Grandaddy of 'em all" hamfest, or the Rock Hill hamfest, etc.

1988 Christmas Letter

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