Reviewing Argus Progress
Many of you are aware that our commercial sales during the fivemonth period ended December 31,
1956, were the largest in the Company's history for any corresponding period. By the time this is
published the Argus Profit-Sharing contribution for the same five-month period will have been
announced. There is a direct connection between these two facts, as the Christmas period is always
our best season from the standpoint of profits and profit sharing. Needless to say, this could only
be accomplished through the combined efforts of the entire Argus organization. No one could be
prouder than I to lead this Argus group into an equally successful Sylvania organization. Tve said
before, but it bears repeating, that the combining of two leaders in the photographic business,
Argus and Sylvania, is bound to make a terrific impact for future growth. As several Sylvania
officials have referred to it, this is a case where two plus two equals five. Adding Argus and
Sylvania should mean greater sales than the previous total of the two. I should temper this
enthusiasm vith a comment about general economie conditions. There are some economists who are
predicting that 1957 will not be as good a year as
1956. While there are many who disagree, we will be well-advised to watch sales closely, and keep
our inventories in line. We ar building inventories of most of our products now, as planned, and
sales in January were only slightly behind previous forecasts. As was reported to you the other day,
the negotiations with the Union in the Maintenance Department have been completed with adoption of
the same contract as in the Tool Room. This requires little change, as the policies called for by
the Union contract are essentially the same as the Company's existing personnel policies. Some minor
changes were made in job classifications and wage rates, including both increases and decreases. I
was asked the other day about the relationship between Sylvania and the unions which are in some of
the other divisions. The question was whether Sylvania was solely organized by one of the electrical
unions. This is not the case. Less than half of Sylvania's employees are unionized. Of those plants
which are unionized, there are five different unions represented in the Company.
Probably many people in this area would expect multi-plant companies to have only one union for
all the plants in the Company. That is fairly common in the automotive field. However, in Sylvania
and generally in the electrical industry, each plant has its own contract and policies. The Sylvania
plants, whether or not they are unionized, opérate in the same manner that we do. That is,
they maintain wage and personnel policies similar to the pattern in their respective áreas.
While our wages are in line with others in the area, our fringe benefits are somewhat ahead. The
best examples of fringe benefits not common to the industrial plants in this area are SylvaniaTs
Group Insurance Plan, which is paid for entirely by the Company, and the Sylvania Savings and
Retirement Plan. These two benefits alone are worth several hundred dollars per year to each
employee. A question was also raised as to my status since I was elected a Vice President of
Sylvania. My primary responsibility is still that of President of the Argus División.
However, in addition, I am now a member of the Corporation's management group and participate on the
corporate planning committee.
Elected To Psf Managing Committee
About The Cover
Wilma Hague, Production Planning, wins a $25 Savings Bond for her winning cover photo entry this
month. Wilma took this unusual shot of Niágara Falls while visiting there last winter.
Argus Eyes Goes To Press Every Other Month
Since Argus employees and friends will now be receiving copies of the Sylvania Beam every other
month, Argus Eyes will also be published on an month basis beginning with this issue.
Mr. Lewis, Norm Symons, and Bill Courtright areshown at left presenting a "Quality
Supplier" plaque to Mr. George Kurlbaum, President of Metrowatt. To earn this coveted award the
supplier must deliver products of the highest quality and do so consistently. Metrowatt, the
manufacturer of the L-3 and L-44 light meters, has done an outstanding job and this placque is a
token of Argus' appreciation.
You Asked Andy
I hadn't had any mail in so long I was beginning to feel neglected. A couple of letters kept me
pretty busy this month, though, so Fm back in the swing of things. THE FIRST LETTER concerned the
housekeeping conditions in the large men's rest room in Plant I. Ernie Bloomquist, who supervises
the janitors, gave me the word on this problem. He pointed out that while the rest room located in
Department 10 was being relocated, the traffic in the large rest room was very heavy. This, of
course, made the housekeeping more difficult. Actually, this rest room, like all others, is cleaned
every day by the janitor. Good housekeeping, however, demands more than a daily cleaning. It demands
the cooperation and consideration of everyone using the facility. 'WHY DON'T THE screw machine
operators sort their own scrap?" was the substance of the other letter this month and this is
just what I asked Art Danner and Cliff Olson. They both stated that the screw machine operators do
in most cases sort their own se rap. However, as in all operations, there are exceptions and the
following is an explanation of how they happen. Screw machine operators run three and sometimes four
machines at one time. Because these machines are automatic and produce parts at a rapid rate, there
is no opportunity to check parts f rom cycle to cycle, as in the case of a manually controlled
machine. The only way to check the parts is periodically, which is what each operator does. Backing
up the operator is a f loor inspector who checks the work f rom all the screw machines. If the f
loor inspector finds unacceptable parts, the lot is referred to a second inspector who takes a
larger sampling of the lot. If the lot is then rejected, it goes back to the operator to be sorted.
However, and this is the exception, in some cases when the parts are badly needed, they are sorted
by persons other than the operator in order to send the good parts on to further processing as
quickly as possible. I believe this is one thing we can be sure of with respect to se rap. No one
intentionally makes it, nor does anyone expect to be paid for it.
Argus Blood Bank Part Of 5-county Group
Many improvements have been made in the operation of our local blood bank since Argus became a
member in September of 1952. Our bank, through the Red Cross, is associated with the other blood
banks in Washtenaw County, as well as those of the four adjoining counties-Wayne, Oakland, Macomb,
and St„ Clair. This regional program is not only advantageous but is almost a necessity for
the practical operation of a blood program. It is interesting to note that whole blood may only be
kept for twentyone days in its original form before it must be processed into one of the many
derivatives that may be kept for a longer period of time. Since we usually dónate only once
or twice a year to the bank, where does the blood come from when we do need it? It comes from member
groups in the county regional group and, if the group does not have any on hand, it comes from
another región or even another state. Our región alone needs at least 60,000 pints of
blood every year, which means that, on the average, 200 persons are giving blood every working day
of the year. The member companies or clubs in each bank serve as procurement centers for obtaining
donors from their own members. Each group or bank receives credit for 75% of the blood donated. 15%
is immediately diverted for the manufacture of blood fractions such as gamma globulin, serum albumin
and others used in the treatment of shock, measles, hemorrhage and other afflictions. 10% is the
average amount of whole blood which is left af ter twenty-one days and must be converted into one of
the derivatives mentioned above. While no one has ever been turned down because there was no blood
available, there is no guarantee that this will always be the case. There is just one way to assure
a supply when our families may need it and that is by donating when we are called upon. Just in case
anyone is already making plans for that vacation this summer, the Plants will close at the end of
the last shift on Friday, July 19 and will reopen at the beginning of the first shift on Monday,
"young Man Of The Year"
Jim Brinkerhoff, our General Manufacturing Manager, was recently honored by the Ann Arbor Junior
Chamber of Commerce as the MYoung Man of the Year. TT Irv Halman (Accounting), who is Ann Arbor Ts
J.C.C. President, set down some of the qualifications which the recipiënt of this award must
have. He must be between the ages of 21 and 36 and have attained a fair degree of success in his
field of endeavor. His interest and work in church and civic affairs also weigh heavily in the
selection. Jim carne to Argus in 1951 as Assistant to the President. He later served as our Director
of Industrial Relations. In 1954 he was appointed Plant Manager and is now General Manufacturing
"just For Fun"
nNot a hobby, but just for fun, " is how Gertrude Guy (Service) describes the amazingly
detailed crochet and sewing work that go into making a dolí layette such as the one pictured
above. Gertrude has been doing this kind of work for over 30 years and, during this time, has won
several prizes for her handiwork.
More Stubborn Than A Mule!
If you think a mulé can be stubborn, fTyou ain't seen nothin' yet!" Below is a letter
sent to our Sales Service Department recently from a Montana Ranger.
Dear Sir: I would like to commend the manufacturers of the Argus C-3 for putting out such a
sturdy camera. Any camera that can withstand the beating f rom five sets of mules' hoofs must be
sturdy. After packing up to a lookout tower with supplies for the fire season, the packer and I
returned to the mulé van. I accidentally dropped my C-3 in the van while helping to load the
mules. It wasnTt until we reached camp eight miles away that I discovered the loss. Although when
found the case was in shreds, the camera remained in good shape. The camera is being used now to
photograph this wonderful State of Montana. The C-3 is a credit to you. Yours truly,
Big Creek Ranger Station Columbia Falls, Montana
First S.u.b. Payment
Santa And Mrs. Highlight Festivities At Annual Children's Christmas Party
January - February Anniversaries
NOT PICTUEED: Phyllis Koernke Camera Assembly 5 years Blanche Crocker Camera Assembly 15 years
Mary Smith C-k Camera Assembly 5 years
Strictly For The Girls!
IN THE SPRING, A YOUNG WOMAN'S FANCY, or she tries to be. This is the time of year that little
things are important to any woman's morale. A new nat, hairdo- a Mnew look. M Why not add "new
pictures"? Her e are a few important pointers that make good snapshot sense. (1) Remember your
new print dress will look best against a plain background. (2) Face the camera from a three-quarter
angle rather than head on. (3) Look happy, but don't force a stiff smile. (4) Moisten your lips just
bef ore the shutter clicks, to make them lifelike. (5) Don't just
stand there; do something. Hold a book, your sewing, or even your eyeglasses. . . And if color
film is used, your pictures will look more real.
HOT APPETIZERS DISAPPEAR FIRST-so itfs fun to have a variety to pass. To serve f rom a chafing
dish, here are hot Pineapple-Sausage hors d'oeuvre: Cut one package Serve sausages into thirds and
brown in skillet. Remove from pan. Drain the syrup from a No. 2 can of pineapple chunks and pour the
juice into a chafing dish over heat. Spear one pineapple chunk and one sausage piece on a toothpick.
sausage thirds are used up. Arrange in juice and keep warm. Makes 33 appetizers.
FOR BUSY WOMEN WHO LEAD DOUBLÉ LIVES-combining careers and housework- there's an easy way
to budget a family's fixed expenses. Fixed expenses are all those items you know in advance you'll
have to pay during the coming year, such as rent, mortgages, heating costs, utilities, taxes,
insurance. Simply total all these expenses and divide by the number of paydays during the coming
year, suggests the American Bankers Association. Thus you will know exactly how much money to set
aside each payday for this purpose. It's a good idea
to put your fixed expense fund in a bank checking account so that you can pay these bilis by
check and have a permanent legal record of them, too.
TWO EXTRA MINUTES before leaving for a party will give you the confidence of good grooming so
necessary to guarantee a really good time. How should you spend them? By giving a last touchup with
a comb, a couple of drops of Murine eye lotion to rest your eyes, and a last quick check on the
condition of your lipstick and mascara.
THE JOKER is one of the few additions America has made to the familiar pack of playing cards.
Unheard of in early French and English decks, this high trump or wild card is believed to have
started as a name plate or trade-mark of the card manufacturer or as a replacement for a card that
might in time get lost or soiled. This extra card to the standard pack of 52 cards first appeared in
an American deck around 1850, when it was high card in the then-popular Euchre. Although it is not
used at all in playing Bridge, the joker
has gained increased importance in recent years, with the popularity of Canasta, in which not one
but four jokers are used, and Samba, which uses six jokers.
The stork reporter has been a little behind the times lately so sorne of these Argus little
people are practically out of the eradle by now. Bill MacDonald, Paint Shop, became the proud father
of Deborah Lynn last October 28. Deborah weighed in at 7 lbs. , 15 oz. Gerry Space's (Sales) son
Steven Edward was born November 27 weighing 7 lbs. , 6 oz. Harold Bruetsch, Engineering, has a
daughter, Karen Marie, born December 6 weighing 8 lbs. , 12 oz. December 8 was the date of James
Stanley Mullins' entrañe e into the world. He weighed 7 lbs. , 1 oz. Father Jim works in Lens
Cleaning. Roger RiceTs (Engineering) daughter Lucinda Marie was born December 18. She weighed in at
8 lbs., 9 oz. Too late for Christmas but in time for that income tax deduction was Phyllis Kay
Wiedmeyer, born December 28 weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz. Father Alvin works in Blocking. The Henry
Christopherson's (Henry works in Service) saw the New Year in with a daughter, Jane Carol. Born
January 1, she weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz. Milton Campbell, Service, has an 8 lbs. , 1 oz. son
Vernon Milton, born January 2.
Planning, Sales Start Xmas Hollidays With Parties
Everyone in Production Planning was on hand to celébrate the holidays with a party on the
last working day before Christmas. The line at the refreshment tab Ie was a long one, but there was
plenty of food for all.
The office party in the Sales Department included employees in Advertising , Office Services, and
Mr. Lewis' office. R e f reshments w e r e served on a grand scale, since the menu included a
complete buffet lunch.
Ever since the beginning of the season, the league has been Mnip and tuck" with the lead
changing about every week. At the present time, the Liters are resting in first place with a
two-point lead. This team is captained by Ron Arnst and has been surprising quite a few by remaining
in the first división. And if you don't think they are going to stay on top, just ask them!
This team consists of Tony Bell, Ron Arnst, Harold Luckhardt, Chuck Renner and John Miatech. In
second place are the Tabulators, who are continuing on their winning way. They had climbed from
fifth to second place during the month. At this rate of climb, what will happen when they meet the
Liters? Also in second place with the Tabs are the Thirsty Five. This team, the Thirsty Five, just
seems to be resting a few games out of first and at the right moment will explode. But they'd better
not wait too long- isnTt that right, Liters? The bowler of the month for this issue of Argus Eyes is
Dick Leggett. Dick shot a three-game series of 608 which; by the way, is the second 608 series of
the year for him. He said that he will do his best to beat Jim FraserTs 616 series before the season
is over. Congratulations on your fine bowling, Dick! There was one addition to the Honor Roll- Dick
Leggett with a single game of 235. Ernie Billau raised his honor roll game from 234 to a respectable
245. Standings so f ar this year: Won Lost Won Lost 1. Hi-Liters 48 28 8. Engine Ears 39 37 2.
Tabulators 46 30 9. Green Hornets 37 39 3. Thirsty Five 46 30 10. Five K's 34 42 4. Argus Q.C 44 32
11. Hi-Lo 33 43 5. Pin Poppers 43 33 12. Ten Pins 32 44 6. Tool Room 43 33 13. Scrubs 29 47 7.
Atomic Five 39 37 14. Service 19 57 High three-game series - Jim Fraser, 616 (actual) It is
suggested that partnerships start being formed for the MenTs Golf League. Tuesday and Wednesday will
be the league nights at Huron Hills and both 3:30 and 5:00 leagues can be accommodated. An
organizational meeting is planned for the near future.
NIGHT SHIFT BOWLING Standings so f ar this year: Won Lost 1. Short Five 56 16 2. Dixie Five 42 30
3. Strike Outs 37 35 4. Niners 35-12 36-12 5. Nutiliters 28-12 43-12 6. Five Pins 17 55 High three
game seriesGene Rohde- 581 High single game- Gene Rohde- 238 WOMEN'S BOWLING Standings so f ar this
year: Won Lost 1. Snap Shots 51-12 24172 2. Shutter Bugs 20 26 3. Keyliners 36 40 4. C-Fours &
Flash 32 44 5. Lucky Strikes 31 45 6. Argusettes 27-12 48-12 High single game- Bonnie Griffith- 204
High three games- June Osborne- 513 High team game- Shutter Bugs- 788 High team series-Shutter
Bugs-2119 fcawlituj, Jlono Hall Men G. Alt 277 T. Knight. 259 A. Nowall 246 E. Billau 245 C.
Rothfuss 242 G. Rohde 238 M. Wellman 235 R. Leggett 235 J. Fraser 234 F. Alchin 232 S. Salamin 231
Women B. Griffith 204 M. J. Rutledge 194 L. Niles 192 NOTICE - ARGUS MIXED DOUBLES FEBRUARY 17,
King-size Hat Rack
Reinhold TTNudyM Schneider, Maintenance, has devoted one wall of his basement for displaying the
results of 34 deer hunting seasons. (See photo below.) The center rack carries 16 points and in all
there are 25 deer accounted for in this impressive 155-point display.
Father & Son Golf League
The formation of a Father and Son golf league will be attempted this year. Thursday afternoon on
the back nine at Hurón Hills has been reserved for the league, which is being organized by
Ray Clark, Quality Control. Interested persons are asked to contact Ray at Ext. 313 and to watch for
a notice on the time and place for the organizational meeting.
Published monthly for the employees of Argus Cameras, and their families. Editor - Millie Haynie
REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly - RUTH O' HARE, Purchasing - BETTY FORSYTH,
Lens Processing - BETTY SHATTUCK, Maintenance - EM3L JOHNSON, Optical Assembly-Inspection, JEAN
FITZGERALD, Engineering - JIM MELDRUM, Standar ds - VIRGINIA BIRNEY, Production Planning - PATT
DUCHARME, Tool Room - BILL FIKE, Shipping - HILDA WHITE, Accounting - BEULAH NEWMAN, Service - TOM
KENTES, Suggestion Office - ART PARKER, Jr. , Govt. Opt. Assembly - THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - BONNIE
GRIFFITH, State Street Warehouse - LIZ CLAPHAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night Shift - ART SELENT and
LEO WIEDERHOFT. Feature writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Don Crump, Art Parker, Jr. Photoprinting:
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Record Crowd Of 183 Attends Teen Age Dance
The Teen-age Club Christmas dance was a huge success with a record attendance of 183. Each
teen-ager attending received a certifícate entitling him to a phonograph record of his own
selection. The teen-agers and their guests participated in the drawing for the door prize of a
Sylvania table model radio. The lucky winner, Roy Skomp was the guest of Gary Hubler, whose mother
Kathleen works in Optical Assembly. In the photo above Gail Markham, President of the Argus
Teen-agers Club, presents Roy with the prize.