Argus Eyes is published for the employees of Argus Cameras, Inc. and their families. It is
intended to be a means of friendly communication between them, and toprovide a reliable source of
information concerning the company's business. Beverly Bullis of the Personnel department makes sure
that news is gathered and that pictures are obtained and arranged in readable fashion for
publication about the lOth of each month. Charles A. Barker, "Jimmy" to all, is Art
Director and Art Consultant. The profiles are done by Harry Rookes. Sam Schneider of the
Photographic Department furnishes pictures. Reporters for this month' s Argus Eyes were: Jim
Meidrum, Babe Peterson, Jim Rohrbaugh, Art Parker, Jr. , Joe Brahm, and Irving Halman.
Can Jess "cope" With This Young Charmer?
BrianGarry Cope is this young man's name. He is the latest addition to the Jess Cope family.
Although Brian has been in his new home only three weeks, his sparkling smile and personality have
captivated his new parents, relatives, and friends.
Two Argus Men Enlist
Alvin Weidmeyer, who has been employed in the blocking room since February, enlisted in the Air
Corps. He left for active duty on December 12. John Kokinakes, who was the outside expediter during
the summer, has now joined the United States Army. Johnny is now attending Bowling Green University
under the service educat i onal program. Johnny, in case you didn't know, is Andy Kokinakes' son.
Best of luck, boys.
Have A Question? g ASK ANDY ARGUS Anything you want to know about Argus can be answered by Andy.
Just jot down your question and deposit it in the Andy Argus mail box. Watch Argus Eyes for the
Reviewing Argus Progress
Thegovernmenthasn'ttold us much more about the cut-back in our usage of critical metáis
than we knew a month ago. Instead of waiting for further information, we are moving ahead as rapidly
as possible on a substitution program. Many of the parts now made f rom brass and aluminum will be
made from steel and other less critical materials. To be successful, the program will require the
cooperation of everyone concerned with fabricating, processing and assembly of camera parts. The
brass and aluminum in some parts cannot be satisfactorily replaced by other materials. Norm Symons
of the Purchasing Department and Van VandenBroek of the Engineering Department have f ound sources
in Europe to make these parts for us. November was the second consecutive month with shipments over
$1,000,000. Approximately 90 per cent of that total was in commercial products. In spite of the
large volume of shipments ,we are still backorder ed in every product except the Argoflex 40. In
order to further streamline the Argus product line during this period of material shortage, the
PBB200 will be the only projector in production aft er February.
Christmas Advertising Well Received
Our Christmas advertising has caused many favorable comments f rom all parts of the country.
These are the first ads prepared by Young and Rubicam, our new advertising agency. If you have seen
the December lst Saturday Evening Post and the December 2nd. This Week (locally, the Sunday
supplement for the Detroit News) I am sure you will agree that these advertisements are
bothbeautiful and effective. In our opinión Young and Rubicam is the best agency in the
country. We look forward to a continuing increased effectiveness of our advertising program. Quality
Products and topflight advertising make an unbeaitable combina t ion. The Plant II remodeling is
progressing rapidly. The rearrangement of optical assembly should be completed by the first of the
year. When everything is in its new place, we will have an employee open house for those interested
in seeing the new layout. In order to use the new facilities effectively, we are planning to bid on
additional optical glass contracts in the near future. The new facilities will be among the most
the country and will help to lower costs and enable us to compete successfully f or further
precisión optical contracts. We are continuing our program of getting our plant and equipment
into top condition. The improvement of tools, gages and machinery, as well as the painting schedule,
is all part of the program. Much work has also been done to improve our fire prevention equipment.
The addition of new fire escapes, new fire extinguishers and the extensión of the sprinkler
system have been costly but very worthwhile. During the year we also went to considerable expense to
connect our sprinkler alarm system directly to the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Should a sprinkler
head go off as a result of fire in the plant an immediate automatic alarm is sounded at the fire
department. The fire drill we had in mid December is part of a program for protection of life and
property. Although shipments of military items were only 10 per cent of last months total shipments,
our military production is about 25 per cent of our total production and is steadily increasing. The
excess of production over shipments will result in increased shipments in later months. Because
certain contracts are confidential, addi- tional security rules will be put into effect in Optical
Assembly. I would appreciate everyoneTs cooperation in adhering to these rules.
Blood Donor And Community Chest Campaigns Successful
Everyone at Argus is to be congratulated on the outstanding contribu - tion to the Red Cross
Korean blood donor campaign. I donTt know of any similar contribution in this part of the country.
Local Red Cross officials have said they are deeply indebted to Argus people for putting the recent
two day drive over the quota. Your response to the Community Chest fund raising drive was better
than the average for industrial groups. The same was true of the Company contribution. Over the
years, Argus has gained the enviable reputation of being a leader in community activities. It gives
me a sense of pride in Argus and the feeling of being on a winning team. it is this enthusigstic
spirit that makes a winning team in any league.
Team standings: Number of Games Place Team Won Lost 1 Blue Front 41 19 2 ErleTs Hi-Speed 40 20 3
Liberty Inn 38 22 4 Liberty Food Lockers 35 25 5 Card & Camera 32 28 6 Bowler ettes 29 31 7 A.
& W. Root Beer 27 33 8 Tice's Tavern 27 33 9 Sparettes 26 34 10 Atom Busters 24 36 11 Happy Gang
21 39 12 Co-operative Roofing & Siding 19 41 High Team Single Game Card & Camera 833 High
Team With Handicap Liberty Inn 818 High Team 3 Games Erle's Hi-Speed 2242 High Team 3 Games With
Handicap Liberty Inn 2216 High Individual Game Alice Hartman 229 High Individual 3 Games Dottie
Robbins 542 Spares - 7 Irene DeWolf, Florence Dolman, Naomi Guigg & Rosie Smith 5 Alice Hartman,
Louise Savery, Sally Knieper, Laura Snearly & Elmira Blecha
A glance at the standings at this time finds a familiar team at the top of the heap. The Paint
Shop five, with all of its members giving support, has now taken over the league lead, and are three
games in front of Jan Gala and his Quality Control entry. Bill Fraseas daubers have not been as
sparkling as in the past few seasons, but have proved highly efficiënt when they have to be.
The season has a long way to go, but it seems quite likely that if any other team is to win the
title they will have quite a battle on their hands with the present league leaders. GalaTs well
balanced controllers should provide a definite threat in the latter half of the season. Still
holding on to third place is Bob Bultman' s Ten Pin aggregation. This entry is also a very
formidable challenger, and if the members bowl up to their potential abilities could easily be in
the top spot when the schedule has been completed. Doggedly holding on to fourth place is Jim Fraser
and his Tool Room team. This team is a definite darkhorse in the title chase, but their competitive
spirit is keeping them up
near the leaders. The rest of the league is pretty well bunched with only a six game spread
separating the Engine Ears in fifth place and Bob Gramprie's Demons and Jumping Joe Jaroszyk's
Planning teams which are now deadlocked for the cellar spot. Many of the members of the league are
entering competitive bowling for the first time, and the improvement in their averages has been most
encouraging. At the beginning of the year the experienced bowlers were walking off with most of the
weekly cashprizes,but in the past few weeks new names have been appearing in the winner sT circle.
It is the distribution of these prizes that adds to the total interest in the bowling league. The
afternoon league is also enjoying a very gratifying season, and some of the teams have expressed a
desire to meet some of the teams of the Friday night league. At this time the Tool Room Chips are
holding a slight lead over the challenging Night Crawlers. If there are any Argus employees on the
afternoon shift who would like to bowl in this league, please notify Leo Weiderhof t of the
The Argus Recreation Club again this year is sponsoring the Argus basketball team that is entered
in the City Recreational League. In the past years the Argus team was in the Industrial League, but
this year all of the sponsored teams of Ann Arbor have been entered in the one league. As a result
the league is a very fast one, and the competition is very strong. Al Terry of the toolroom has
taken over the reins of our entry, and in a very short time has molded a team that should give a
good account of itself on the hardwoods this winter. Coach Terry has had an abundance of experience
in the coaching profession having been in that field for the past fifteen years prior to his coming
to Argus. Coach Terry frankly admits that his team lacks the necessary height to be a title
contender, but feels certain that what the team lacks in that department will be made up in spirit
and determination. We at Argus can be certain that the squad will give its best throughout the
season, and it is up to us to give them all the support that we can. The games will beplayed at
Slauson Junior High on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
209 Employees Answer
The response to our appeal for blood donors from Argus employees was "tops. " On
Tuesday morning, November 27, from 10 o1 clock until 6 o'clock, we kept the Red Cross Motor Corps
busy transporting our employees to and from the V. F. W. building where the Red Cross Blood donor
service was set up. According to Red Cross officials, a turnout of 200 volunteers from a
company the size of ours would be excellent. In response to the emergency blood appeal, 209 Argus
people volunteered, and blood was accepted from 173. By December 1, the Argus blood donations may
well have been at the battlefront in Korea, and today there are undoubtedly 20 or 25 wounded
soldiers on their way back to good health as a result of Argus people doing their part.
Argus Sends 173 Pints Of Blood To Korea
This little charmer is Helen Elaine Price, daughter of Helen, Final Inspection, and Bob Price,
Engineering. She is 1-12 years old. Husband: "How come you got two tickets f rom one cop?"
Wife: "When I couldn't stop, he arrested mefor speeding--when I couldnTt start, he gave me a
ticket for blocking traffic. Tt
Mighty Hunters Are The Hoefts
The handsome lad above is Calvin Hoeft - Ozzie's son. Calvin bagged the coyote when deer hunting
this year. Cal and his Pop also got their deer. Young Hoeft is 16 years old and is a Junior in High
School this year. Next to hunting, the Hoeft 's like their televisión set best.
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Notebook to build a Photo Manual 1 i ' With this issue of Argus Eyes we introduce a series of
articles on photography. It is hoped that in addition to outlining the ■ O mentáis, we can
get the answers to any questions you may have. If ■ you do require information, get in touch with
Bev, in Personnel, and 1 we will answer it in the next issue. To understand photography it is not
necessary to have a full ■ edge of camera design, but it adds to the interest if you know what ' 1
happens when you trip the shutter. The word "camera" is derived from "camera
obscura" which ' was a room or tent completely darkened except for a small hole in ' one wall.
It is possible in such a room to see an image of the ' jects outside register ed on the wall
opposite the small hole. Artists ' used this method to get proper perspective in their drawings. In
fact, ' it is possible to take a box with a piece of film placed on one end and ■ a pin hole in
the other and get an exposed negative. The big ' vantage of the "pin hole" photography is
that it requires a long exposure ' in bright sunlight. With the present day camera lenses and
sensitive ' film, this problem is eliminated. ' The simplest lens system is of the type used in our
75 camera. ' It is a single lens which is set at a distance which will give a fixed ' range of sharp
focus. It is limited because of the amount of light it ' Opermits the film to receive, and as the
camera has but one shutter ' speed, the use is restricted to a certain type of picture taking. To
get pictures under a greater range of conditions,it is necessary ' to have a lens system which is
capable of giving accurate definition ' and which will let in more or less light as desired. This is
' complished by having a combination of lenses which are matched for ' t optical requirements and
having a diaphragm or iris which can be ad( justed. , This diaphragm has a scale marked with the
"f" openings and this , "f" value is determined by dividing the distance from
the lens to the , film by the size of the opening. It should be noted that the larger the , number,
the smaller the opening. , With a small opening, there is a much greater "depth of field.
" , For instance, if the opening is "f 16" and the camera is focused on an , object 6
f eet away, everything between 4 and 13 f eet will be acceptably , sharp, but if you have the
opening at "f3. 5" and again you are focused , on an object 6 f eet away, only that
between 5-12 and 6-34 f eet will , be sharp. Larger cameras, such as the E F and 40, have longer
focal , length lens as the focal length increases the depth of field is shallower. Olt is also true
that at near distances the depth of focus is shallower. This points out that with a large
"f" opening, you must be very J , careful to have the distance set correctly on the
footage scale. , The shutter speeds are marked on another scale along with the , initials
"T" andor "B. " "T" is for time exposures. The "B" is for ,
bulb and means that the shutter will stay open as long as the button is , , held down. This
"B" has nothing to do with flash bulbs. , i It is possible to get many combinations which
will cover a wide , range of picture taking conditions. Next issue we will talk a little V about
film and exposures. J -'