Reviewing Argus Progress
The pleasant weather during the past few weeks certainly is a welcome sight to each of us. It
means the return of spring and summer and a chance to enjoy the outdoors once again. It also gives
encouragement to the anticipated increase in sales of our products which generally comes about
during late May and June. As many of you know, we have been building a sizeable inventory of some of
our products while at the same time our sales have been less than we had anticipated during the
first months of this year. One of the advantages of being associated with a larger firm is the fact
that even though our sales are off, Sylvania's sales as a whole are a little ahead of last year.
This means that even though our división is behind schedule, there are other divisions which
are ahead. This fall, when our sales generally will jump up with the Christmas business, we should
offset our spring months and contribute our share to the company sales and profits. We do plan
several new products during the course of this year and more during the next several years . The
details of these products cannot be discussed publicly as yet; however, most of you are familiar
with their nature. To help keep this program going on target, we recently announced Carlos A.
Chapman as our New Product Development Manager. He will work with both the engineering and sales
departments making sure our products are developed with proper emphasis on having the necessary
sales features and a competitive price. In this manner, we feel confident that we can continue to
develop camera and projector equipment that will improve our position in the photographic industry
and which will maintain relatively stable employment here at Argus. It is apparent in this industry
that the successful companies are going to be those who maintain an up-todate product line. This
means constant redesigning and up-dating of all our equipment as well as developing new lines. All
our efforts here in Ann Arbor should be in this direction. Even though our goods are of a luxury
ing availabilityof leisure time should make our products more and more in demand. We assume that
there will continue to be wide variations in sales between the spring and f all months; however, our
goal is to keep seasonal layoffs to a minimum. Several of you have asked what my connection would be
with Argus now that I am moving to New York and my position with Sylvania is Assistant to the
President, as well as a vice-president and member of the Board of Directors. I am still the
President of the Argus División and vitally concerned with its operations. Joe Detweiler will
perform many of the administrative functions coordinating the all efforts of most of the
departments. He will work with me in this respect so that we maintain a close relationship between
the Ann Arbor and New York offices. Actually Joe has been working with me along this line for some
time, so there will be little change in the operations of this office even though I will not be
living in the immediate vicinity. Dudley Scholten, likewise, will continue to head up our marketing
operations. After much discussion, it was recently decided not to make any changes in the operation
of our marketing departments. We will use Sylvania warehouses at different locations throughout the
country, but our Sales Department will continue to function f rom Ann Arbor as it has in the past.
About the Cover- A $25 bond goes to Mary Burris for this view of Independence Lake. The photo was
originally made as a 35 mm slide, then a black and white negative was made f rom the slide.
Henry Wirszyllo (Receiving Inspeotion) is congratulated by Margaret Hardy on receiving his final
citizenship papers, 17 years after leaving his war-torn homeland of Poland. Henry finds this
achievement just about the most wonderful thing that has happened to him and his many friends at
Argus are sur e it is.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Norbert Ted Humphreys who died on May 27. Ted
came to Argus in 1939 and has been the Regional Sales Manager for the Chicago área since
1953. He was our senior salesman and a charter member of the Argus Profit Sharing Fund.
You Asked Andy
I suppose I should be hiding this month after the errors made in the last issue when I
incorrectly presented the candidates for the Recreation Club election of officers. I'm happy to
report that John Borgerson is still John Borgerson and not Joe Jaroszyk and Virginia Birney is still
Virginia Birney and not Donna Walma and vice versa. Anyway, here are the new Recreation Club
officers for the 1957-58 activity year.
PRESIDENT: Walt Bartell, Engineering, standing at right in photo. VICE-PRESDDENT: John Borgerson,
Industrial Engineering, left. TREASURER: Fred Alchin, Planning, center. SECRETARY: Virginia Birney,
Industrial Engineering, seated.
Plans Set For Independence Lake . . . If the weather ever shapes up, this ought to be a real fine
summer at the lake. President Bartell already has crews getting the area cleaned up and the boats
and picnic tables painted. Lighting in the First Aid building and Bath House are the first orders of
business and will shortly be followed by the installation of floodlights for the beach area. Charlie
Kircher is leaving Department 15 to become our new caretaker. He has had plenty of experience in
grounds keeping and other trades valuable for this job. Bob Stelle, our night shift first aid
attendant will be one of the lifeguards. The other is Rich Parker. Rich is a former Argus employee
who is now in University of Michigan Law School. Bob is in the University of Michigan Medical
School. These two fellows have been qualified by the Red Cross as Senior Lifesavers. Accident
Prevention Report . . . I received a question this month regarding accident prevention after an
accident has occurred. Obviously, the guy to talk to about this one was Gene Rossbach, and I asked
him how toprevent accidents in the plant that are caused by hazards we haven't even discovered. Gene
says that this is the problem that keeps Safety Directors awake nights and went on to sum it up this
way. Safety devices, no matter how clever or expensive, cannot prevent accidents. The burden of
prevention falls on the individual employee, not only for himself, but for nis or her fellow
employee. The many thousands of dollars spent annually by Argus on safety only serve as an aid to
accident prevention. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes an accident to point out a hazard that
previously was not even considered or noticed. Make no mistake about this one point. Safety is not a
one-man job at Argus or anyplace else. It is everyoneTs responsibility.
New Argus Colorviewer Shows 2 14 X 2 14 Slides
Argus has recently introduced a new type viewer for showing 2-14" x 2-14" color slides
taken with boxtype or type cameras using 620 or 120 size Ektachrome or Anscochrome film. The new
viewer is a big-brother to the Argus PreViewer and does the same job of showing slides with full
brilliance and beauty. The ColorViewer provides a magnification four times larger than the slide so
that the image can be seen by three or four people at the same time without squinting or
The new viewer is available in a two-tone green finish which matches Argus projectors and
accessories and is power ed by two long-life size "D" batteries. As with the Argus
PreViewer, for showing 35 mm color slides, the slide automatically turns on the light when placed in
an opening on top, providing an even light f rom edge to edge. An accessory transformer can be
purchased, which converts the lighting system to Standard house current. With the speeds of 620 and
120 size color films increased to the degree that almost any box camera can take color
transparencies, you can now enjoy your color photos in slide form. Retail price for the ColorViewer
is $13.95 and $3.50 for the accessory transformer.
Independence Lake Life Guards
(See Andy Argus column for details. )
New Personnel Assignments In Engineering, Finance, Sales
A number of organizational changes have recently been announced by Mr. Lewis affecting Argus
personnel. Mr. Lewis will continue as President of Argus although he will live in New York where he
will serve as Vice-President, Assistant to the President and a member of the Board of Directors of
Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. Clinton H. Har ris, a 21-year Argus veteran, who has been in charge
of Argus Engineering for many years has been appointed Director of New Product Development of
Sylvania. In this new position he will be on President Don MitchelPs staf f in New York City.
Richard J. Wilson who has been manager of Engineering at Argus is now Chief Engineer for the
división, and has assumed Clint Harris' former responsibilities. The new Argus Controller
isDouglas Hamilton who has been transferred from the Lighting División in Salem, Mass. Mr.
been with Sylvania for 15 years, and was Manager of Distribution Service for the Lighting
División. He is already on the job in Ann Arbor and will be joined here soon by Mrs. Hamilton
and their three children. Carlos A. . Chapman, formerly Argus Marketing Manager has been appointed
to the newly created position of New Product Development Manager. In this post, he will be
responsible for coordinating engineering and sales department new product activities. Charles
Murphy, formerly Argus Regional Sales Manager inlndianapolis has joined the home office staff as
Marketing Manager to replace Cari Chapman. In this position, Mr. Murphy will handle our sales
forecasting, sales analysis and field surveys . Robert T. Cox, Argus Chicago Sales Representative
has been appointed to the Indianapolis Regional Sales Manager ship.
Sylvania Develops Aircraft Landing Aid
A new example of Sylvania diversified abilities is the introduction by Sylvania of a brand new
landing light system. The new intens ity Sylvania Strobeacon centerline approach lighting system,
known as EFAS (electronic flash approach system), is expected to reduce flight delays and
cancellations, and lessen air traffic control problems during periods of limited visibility. The
photo below shows how the new Sylvania approach lighting system at New York International Airport
(Idlewild) looks to a pilot bringing his plañe in for a landing. Black spot on runway is from
tires of planes which touch down at that point.
When operating, the lights resemble a white-hot football traveling at the super sonic speed of
2,700 miles per hour. The system consists of 20 Strobeacon units in a single 2,000foot row in the
approach path leading to the runway. Each Strobeacon unit employing a intens ity xenon flash tube
produces an ultra-brilliant beam of over 30,000,000 candle power. Each tube flashes twice every
second; the units flash in sequence toward the runway, giving the effect of an animated arrow
pointing at the runway. An impression of the Sylvania EFAS as a pilot first observes the lights when
making an approach is that of giant tracer shells, rapidly fired from a point in space toward the
March - April Suggestion Awards Almost Reach $2000 Mark
Twenty-two suggestion awards totaling $1, 950. 59 were made during March and April. The leading
winner was James C . Romine of Department 21, with two awards for a total of at least $965.41! The
final amount of the award will be determined by actual savings af ter six months of use. Jim is one
of the leading Argus award winners, so there may be a hint to others in the fact that both of his
recent awards were for economies in the packaging of Argus products. Several other king-size awards
were made, including $246.62 to Oscar Markham of Department 24, $234. 80 to Evelyn Williams of
Department 70 and $176.90 to Nick Bandrofchak of Department 10.
Department 10 led the way on awards, as Nick was joined by three other winners-Grover Johnson
earning $52. 56, Gene Rohde and Julius B. Jacques earning smaller awards. Another four-winner score
was set by Department 62 with awards going to Colonel Blackburn, Edward R. Drago and two awards to
Orviel Harrison. A salvage suggestion paid off $76.04 for Jim Sieloff of Department 53. Smaller
awards were received by Elroy Abeldt, A. F. Paciorkowski, Martha Riendean, J. W. Vibbárt,
Edith Talbot, Elton Guenther, Cecille Fitzgerald, Irene Swaney and Floyd A. Myer.
Vice-president Nixon Given Sylvania Award
To commemorate production of the 1 billionth Press 25 flash-bulb at the Montoursville, Pa. plant
of Sylvania, the ten most photographed people in the United States were given special recognition by
Sylvania and Argus.
Pictured here is President Richard Nixon receiving his "Most Photographed" award f rom
Don G. Mitchell, Chairman and President of Sylvania Electric Products, Inc. From left to right are
Robert E. Lewis, Vice-President of Sylvania and President of the Argus Cameras División; Mr.
Nixon, George C. Connor, General Sales Manager, Sylvania Photolamps, and Mr. Mitchell. Mr. Lewis and
Mr. Connor participated in the presentation. The awards were in the form of speciallycreated
16-inchwood-carved likenesses of each recipiënt, done in friendly caricature style. The
VicePresident1 s award, pictured above, shows him in baseball attire symbolizing the key function he
performs as a member of the battery on President Eisenhower's "team." Others in the
"top ten" were President Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Evangelist
Billy Graham, Senator Estes Kefauver, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Adlai Stevenson and actresses Grace
Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.
Argus Open House Event Attracts Many Visitors
Over 1200 people toured the Argus plants and offices during the Family and Community Open Houses
on May 23 and 24. Visitors saw actual operation of all major manufacturing processes. Many new Ann
Arbor residents took advantage of the opportunity to become familiar with our company.
Michigan Week "exchange Mayor" Visits Argus
Argus was one of the major points of interest on the program of Mayor Richard W. Marshall of Oak
Park, Michigan when he spent May 21st in Ann Arbor as "Exchange Mayor. " The exchange plan
is a popular part of the annual Michigan Week observance which was held from May 1925. Pictured here
are Mayor Marshall, Mrs. Marshall being welcomedby President Robert E. Lewis. The Mayor and Mrs.
Marshall toured the plant. Chairman of the Michigan Week Program for Ann Arbor was Joseph H.
Detweiler, Argus Vice-President.
40 Celebrate Argus Service Anniversaries
NOT PICTURED Ann Thayer - Camera Assembly - 15 years E. Williams - Service - 5 years - 5 years
Irene McCord - Shipping - 5 years Dorothy Quinn - Office Services - 5 years
Wilmot Gray Sales 15 years
2-y - want to check as far in ' to make this year's vacation a- - f - aS PSSible: -ïrefVre a
THE - md Iorest8 this ,ear. K ,
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Haynie have a bouncing 8-12 Ib. baby boy. Steven George was born April 2nd.
Mother, Millie, was Editor of the Eyes prior to ar rival time.
Patricia Ann, shown above, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Arnst on January 14th. Her weight was 8
Ib. , 2 oz. Father, Ron, works in Department 14. Pat has a sister Kathy who is 15 months oíd.
Sheryl Ann Beranek was born on April 26th. Mother, Betty, works in Dept. 15. Sheryl Ann weighe 6
1b., 1 oz. Mr. and Mrs. Beranek also have an eight-year-old boy Jimmy.
Larry Dean Skinner, pictured above, was bom February 14th. Shipping weight 7 lb., 2-12 oz. His
mother, Mrs. Ruby Skinner works in Dept. 10. Patrick Michael Murphy was born March 6th not the 17th
to the Charles Murphys. Father Chuck works in Sales.
Mr. and Mrs. George Sponaugle welcomed their baby girl Phyliss Elaine, born February 8th. Phyliss
weighed 6 Ib., 14 oz. Mrs. Sponaugle (Leona), works in Dept. 15. They have another boy Jimmy, 7.
Twin boys to Bill Houck (Sales), James Daniel and Charles Lynn, March lOth. No weight information
available. Ed Zill (Engineering) has a new daughter born May 3, Janice Kay weighed 7 Ib., 6-12 oz.
Walt Novok (Trojan Industries) and wife Pat announced their new son Eric David born April 24. Jack
Fyfe has his third daughter Jennifer K., born March 3Oth, weighing a whooping 8 Ib. 13 oz. Debra Ann
Rossbach also arrived March 3Oth. Father Gene is in Dept. 50. John Borgerson (Standards) finally has
a boy, born March 14th. Matthew John has three older sisters. Bradley Steverfs (Standards) daughter,
Rebecca, was born April 5th. She weighed in at 7 Ib. 12 oz.
Carriage Trade Preview
Jean Fitzgerald (Final Inspection) received a real nice send-off from her friends at Argus who
showered her with many lovely gifts some of which are pictured her e, with Jean beaming her
Art Christ has set aside nis duties as a machine tooi repairman for Argus to spend time with his
flowers and friends. Art is one of several gladiola growing champs here at Argus and after a
leisurely trip through the western states plans to devote a good deal of his time improving his
Art listens as Mary Burris explains his company pure has ed paidup insurance policy. Mary also
extended an invitation to attend all the Recreation Club sponsored functions.
Bob Barsantee, Jr. Receives Journeyman's Rating As Tool & Die Maker
Four years and 8672 hours of work and classroom instructions have qualified Bob Barsantee, Jr. as
a journeyman Tool & Die maker. Training included 8000 hours at various jobs in the Tool Room and
672 hours of classroom instruction. (See Eyes, July 1954.) In recognition of this fine achievement,
Argus presented Bob with a check in the amount of $200.00.
Teenage Club Holds Dance And Talent Show
The combined Dance and Talent Scout Show held on Saturday May 18th, ended the Argus Teenage Club
winter activity program. The dances have been very popular and as proof of this, the leenagers
presented a petition with 29 signatures asking that the dances be continued through the summer
months. The Talent Show, complete with applause meter, was a big hit. First prize went to the
'Teaching the Bop" comedy skit with Don Barsantee and Ron Moseley. Second prize went to Gail
Markham who sang "Harbor Lights" and third to Carol James for her piano selection.
Consolation prizes went to the remaining contestants who did a wonde rf ui job of adding to the
evening's entertainment. Plans are being made for some summer activities and for bigger and better
attractions next Fall.
The bowling season closed with two teams tied for first place. The Tool Room and Thirsty-Five
went down to the wire with a photo-finish. The Tool Room won the play-off on Saturday afternoon. The
banquet was held on a Tuesday night at the Moose Club. The Tool Room took top money with
Thirsty-Five second and Hi Liters third. Chuck McClune again took the trophy for the highest average
at the completion of the bowling season with a season average of 174. Glenn Alt bowled the highest
single game during the season with a 277. FINAL STANDING FOR 1956-57 1. Tool Room 2. Thirsty-Five 3.
Hi Liters 4. Tabulators 5. Argus Q.C. 6. Engine Ears 7. Five Kfs 8. Atomic Five 9. Pin Proppers 10.
Green Hornets 11. Hi Lo's 12. Scrubs 13. Ten Pins 14. Service WOMEN'S BOWLING Final Standings for
1956-57: 1. Snap Shots 2. Shutter Bugs 3. Lucky Strikes 4. Keyliners 5. C-Four & Flash 6.
Argusettes HIGH SINGLE GAME: Bonnie Griffith 204 HIGH THREE GAMES: Ruth Crandell 525 Martha
Luckhardt . . 520 HIGH TEAM GAME: Snap Shots 789 HIGH TEAM SERIES: Shutter Bugs 2119
NIGHT SHIFT BOWLING Final Standing for 1956-57: 1. Short Five 2. Niners 3. Strike Outs 4. Dixie
Five 5. Nutriliters 6. Five Pins MEN'S GOLF LEAGUE (DAY) Although the weather has not been too
favorable for golf, all leagues have started on their 1957 season. The cold and damp weather affects
people in different ways but to Dick Leggett it didn't make any difference. Dick took up where he
lëft off last year with a par 36 the first night of league play. The men's golf outing will be
held early again this year. It will be held at Lakeiand. The same place as last year, on Saturday,
June 8, 1957. This will be an all-day af f air, come early and stay late. See bulletin boards for
1957 Final Bowling Honor Roll
Bowling Bows Out With A Bang
Men's League "roll Off"
Fun At The Bowling League Banquet
Published every other month for the employees of Argus Cameras, and their families.
Coördinator - Arthur Parker, Jr. REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly -
RUTH O'HARE, Purchásing - BETTY FORSYTH, Lens Processing - BETTY SHATTUCK , Maintenance -
EMIL JOHNSON, Optical Assembly and Final Inspection - JEAN FITZGERALD, Engineering - HÉCTOR
HAAS and JUNE OSBORNE, Standards and Production Planning - VIRGINIA BIRNEY, Tool Room - BILL FIKE,
Accounting - RACHEL RODRÍGUEZ, Service - TOM KENTES, Suggestion Office - PAUL McCOY, C-4 and
44 Assembly - THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - BONNIE GRIFFITH, Shipping and State Street Warehouse - LIZ
CLAP - HAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night Shift - ART SELENT and WIEDERHOFT. Feature writers: Robert
Lewis, Andy Argus, Don Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala MATERIAL MAY BE REPRINTED WITH CREDIT TO ARGUS
EYES Litho in U.S.A.
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How Much Cooling?
Here's an ABC formula developed by air conditioning englneers to help you figure the cooling
capacity needed for any room under a variety of conditions as shown in the example. The example
assumes a room 18' x 20'.
E ach of the type-set numbers in the example is a "factor" which brings into the
formula some important item like the heat of sun, etc. Just insert your room measurements to get
your personal total. This This total is the approximate BTU rating required for an air conditioner
to cool the room properly if it is to be used by two people. Add 500 for each additional person.
Data: Gibson Refrigerator Company.
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