Reviewing Argus Progress
We have all been quite concerned about the recent layoffs. Needless to say, such things are very
unpleasant from a company standpoint as well as a personal standpoint. I want to personally assure
you that bef ore such a decisión is made, the necessity for it is reviewed very carefully. In
recent years we have made improvements in leveling our employment between the fall and spring
months. We have done this even though our sales in November are sometimes three times February
sales. This is done with some risk by building a large inventory of finished products during the
spring. We started out this year to do just what I have described above. Last fall we made a
forecast of our sales for the year and at that time we anticipated a sizeable increase in 1957 total
sales. On the basis of this increase, we set our production schedule so that we could meet the fall
demand with no increases in schedule at that time. Instead of the sales increase forecasted, our
sales are slightly behind last year's. This meansthat during the last few months we have built more
inventory than is needed to meet the fall demand and it has been necessary to reduce production on
some lines. There are a number of factors that contributed to this condition. Business in general
this year is not setting the record pace some forecasters had anticipated. In fact, our business as
well as the general conditions of the country have been running about the same. Competition has
become considerably stronger. This is true in both the projector and camera fields and comes from
U.S. concerns as well as companies in Japan and Germany. As I have mentionedpreviously, our New
Product Program should help offset the lower sales of our present products. Many new products are
now in the tooiing stage, but could not be put into production in time to prevent the recent
layoffs. As you know, the C20 Camera has had its pilot run and so has the new 500Watt Projector.
Several other products are scheduled for early next year. The encouraging news is that
the anticipated products for 1958 are on schedule and should mean increased sales next year. All
of this is of little encouragement for the people who are on layoff; however, it does appear that
most employees involved in the recent layoff will be needed when the full impact of this New Product
Program gets into production. Our business experience of recent years emphasizes more than ever the
need for continual up-dating of our products as well as the expansión of our product lines.
Our current new product planning extends into 1961 with a fresh look coming regular ly in most all
fields. We expect that our reputation for producing quality products will keep us in a good
competitive position in our industry. However, it means that all of us must be continually striving
to improve our products and meet the growing competition from both domestic and foreign sources.
This is our last issue before vacation. The purpose of a vacation is to rest, relax and come back
refreshed. This is the time to forget your problems. Everyone can and should do this for a period
each year and you probably don't need my encouragement.
Display Box Design Change Nets $319.57 Award
Ron Daugherty (Center Pack) suggested eliminating two (2) of the three (3) cardboard die-cuts
that were used to hold the C-44 camera upright in the combination display box. The idea, which is
now in use, saves over $1,400 annually. Following are the others receiving awards this last month.
Dorothy Wier, Department 29, $351.72, concerns an improved method of removing 50721 & 50723
lenses from centering chucks. Barbara Titus, Dept. 74, $129.45, concerns using a printed form card
in answering dealers inquiries in regard to orders. Herbert Frederick, Dept. 81, $72.00, plus a
$50.00 Bond. Proposed the use of a Master Purchase order book. William J. Underwood, Jr., Dept. 53,
$35.39. Mount casters on the bottom of the ink dipping tank loc ated in Dept. 31. Walter Hubbard,
Dept. 15, $23.00. Make plastic covers to cover stacks of 14392 C-3 reflectors after they are
degreased. Charles Weir and Darwin Cox (shared) $15. 00 Cari E. O'Dell 13.00 William Kline 13. 00
Mrs. Jeanine A. Groomes . . 11.50 Francis L'Esperance 10. 00 Ann Albertson 10. 00 Hazel Brown 10. 00
George V. Jordán 10. 00 Richard Guarino 10. 00 Stanley Ruffin 10. 00 Dorothy M. Haarer 10. 00
Elroy W. Abeldt 10. 00 Paul E. Guenther 8. 70 John Kampas 7. 50 $1,080.33
Unique School Library Memorial Established
When Art Parker, Sr. , longtime Argus Chief of Tool and Processing passed away last December, his
many friends throughout the plant created a special fund to be used by the Parker family in Mr.
Parker's honor. During the past six months, Mrs. Parker, and son Art Parker, Jr. (Employee
Relations) have beenseeking suggestions from friends and from the American Society of Tool Engineers
of which Mr. Parker was an active member. The final decisión is one which will establish an
unusual MlivingT' memorial which will help all Ann Arbor youths who are interested in studying the
Industrial Arts. It is
an idea, too, which should please all who so generously contributed to the memorial fund. The
entire fund will be turned over to the Ann Arbor Board of Education for the purchase of sixty books
selected by the Ann Arbor High faculty to provide valuable information on all phases of Industrial
Arts training. The books cover woodworking, drafting, auto mechanics, machine shop, electricity,
electronics, metal working and weiding. Each book will carry a special bookplate identifying it as
an "Art Parker, Sr. Memorial Gift. " The books will be placed in circulation at the Ann
Arbor High School Library in the f all.
You Asked Andy
COST OF LIVING-QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT A SUBJECT THAT AFFECT ALL OF US Thanks to the
Electronics Systems División magazine "Speaker, " I was able to find some real down
to earth facts on this subject. It goes something like this: Qiiestion: Fr om time to time stories
in newspapers refer to a "Cost of Living Index," just what is this index? Ajiswer: The
"Cost of Living Index" is a popular term for the Consumer Price Index, a statistical
device for measuring changes from month to month in the prices of goods and services bought by
families of wage earners and clerical workers. Question: Suppose you read a news story that says the
cost of living index is 118.2, just what does that figure mean? Answer: For practical purposes, the
figure 118.2 would mean that prices for the "market basket" of goods and services
purchased by the average family averaged about 18.2 percent more than the prices during the base
period chosen for comparison. The period now used as a price base is 1947-1949. An average of prices
during these three years serves as a yardstick for comparing todayfs prices. Question: Who is
respons ible for keeping track of the Consumer Price Index? Answer: The index is computed by
the Bureau of Labor Statistics by the U.S. Department of Labor. This bureau receives reports
every month from more than 100 checkers who sample prices in 46 different communities of varying
size. Question: You mentioned a "market basket" of goods and services. What is included?
Answer: A great variety of commodities is included. These can be classified generally under the
following categories: food, clothing, house furnishings, fuel, f ees paid to doctors and dentists,
prices paid in barbe r shops and other service establishments, rents, rates charged for
transportation, electricity, gas and other utilities. Question; What happens to a Sylvania's pay if
the "Cost of Living" drops ? Answer: Should the index decrease by the same percentage,
adjustment downward will be made in accordance with the same formula. However, rates will not be
reduced below our original index level by any cost of living allowance change. Question: Why is
there a delay from the time the cost of living index ris es until we receive our increase? Answer:
There is approximately a month delay in reporting the index figure each month. For example, the
December 15, 1956 figure of 118.0 was not reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics until the
latter part of the week of January 20, 1957.
Former Argusite Opens Local Drug Store
Dan Schurz, former Argus regional sales manager and sales promotion manager has recently opened
the new Wikel-Schurz Drug Store at 320 S. State Street. He invites all of his Argus friends to drop
in to see his new activity.
Bud Farrell Elected Head Of 40 Et 8
Bud Farrell, of the Argus Service Department has been elected MChef de GareM (Commander) of the
Washtenaw County 40 et 8 Voiture, No. 957. The organization is the honor society of the American
Legión. Bud is a member of the American Legión Post No. 557 in Dexter, and has been
extremely active in many phases of service work for veterans. He is Service Officer of his local
post, delégate to the Washtenaw County Council of Veterans, and serves on the State
Legión Service and Rehabilitation Committee.
About The Cover
"Daisy Mae" is really Delores Helzerman, daughter of Mildred Helzerman C-4 Camera
Assembly. Picture was taken by Jan Gala at a Camera Club session. For his 2nd cover this year, Jan
wins a second $25.00 bond.
Argus Exhibits At Builders And Home Show
Pictured here is a section of the Argus booth at the recent JCC sponsor ed Builders' and Home
Show. Argus featured the latest Sylvania TV sets, radios and record players as well as the entire
line of cameras and projectors. Several Argus men including Irv Halman, Jack Daziens, Gerry Deyo,
Mark Kramer, Jack Grimston, Don Koch and Bill Carey participated in the management of the show as
Argus C3 Makes New York Front Page
The page 1 photo of the New York Daily News on June 6 (shown here) featured an exciting shot of
painter dangling from a scaffold which had fallen from its moorings eight floors above Times Square.
On page 2 of the large circulation newspaper, a follow-up story told how the unusual photo was taken
with an Argus C3 by William Fawcett of Yonkers, N. Y. Like most C3 users, Fawcett had color film in
his camera. The newspaper had the color processing done on an emergency basis, and then made
excellent black and white prints from the slides.
A New Look At The Lake
The everchanging scène at Independence Lake is in no small part due to the efforts of this
yearTs Recreation Club committee. This energetic group has covered a lot of ground in putting the
lake area into the neat and well-kept condition in which the club members find it. A copper sulfate
solution has been used to treat the beach área for control of the swimmers' itch problem.
Many other projects including the construction of a new float for the swimming area have been
completed even though the lack of involuntary help still plagues the general progress. It has
bècome necessary to réstate the general rules governing the area in an effort to
obtain the cooperation and under standing of all club members. The following rules are established
to encourage pleasant recreation for all members and guests of the Argus Recreation Club: ATTENDANCE
An Argus Employee Recreation Club Card admits the member and his or her family to the Recreation
Area. The area opens at 1 P.M. on weekdays, at 11:00 A.M. on Saturdays, and at 11:00 A.M. on
Sundays, and closes at 10:00 P.M. every day. Hours other than these are generally used for fishing.
GUESTS Any member holding a Recreation Club Card may have a reasonable number of guests, and is
responsible for their conduct. It is, therefore, important that members see that their guests are
informed regarding the Recreation Area Rules and Regulations. AUTOMOBILE SPEED LIMIT 10 MILES PER
HOUR Motorists are requested to drive with caution, as roadways are used by pedestrians. Cars should
be driven onlyon roadways, except when parking. Riding on outside of cars is not permitted. PARKING
Cars are not to be parked where they will interfere with the use of the roads, or in areas marked
"No Parking. "
BAT HING The bathing beach will be open, with a Life Guard on duty, at the hours specified above
under "ATTENDANCE. " Swimming is allowed, within the designated area, earlier than the
"official" hours, at the swimmer's own risk. Bathers are requested to observe all general
health and safety rules. BOATING Canoes, rowboats, sailboats, and motorboats are permitted. Motors
of up to and including 5 horsepower only may be used on the Club boats, which may be rented from the
caretaker for $.20 per hour or $1.50 for all day. All boats must be off the lake by 9:30 P.M. Any
boat powered by a motor must yield the right-of-way to boats that are not. Improper handling of any
boat will revoke the violator's privilege of using the boating facilities for the rest of the
season. Boats are not permitted in the bathing area. Swimming from boats is not permitted. All
children in boats must be accompanied by an adult.
FISfflNG Fishing is permitted subject to the Michigan State Game Laws. FIREARMS Firearms are not
permitted on the premises. DOGS AND CATS Dogs and cats are not permitted on the premises. DISPOSAL
OF REFUSE Please, cooperate in keeping the Recreation Area clean by placing all garbage, waste
paper, etc. , in the receptacles provided. ACCIDENTS First Aid facilities are provided by the
lifeguar-d on duty, who is qualified to administer such and as required. NO HARD LIQUOR IS PERMITTED
ON THE PREMISES Beer is permitted in moderation only.
GAMBLING OF ANY KIND IS PROHIBITED. PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY To preserve the beauty and utility
of the Recreation Area all persons are expected to cooperate in preventing any one f rom damaging,
defacing, or removing any property or equipment from the area, including buildings, signs, trees,
racks, shrubs, or flowers. CHILDREN Parents are responsible for their children at all times. In the
event the children are guests and are not accompanied by their own parents, the responsibility shall
be charged to the sponsoring par ent. VIOLATION The privilege of using the Recreation Area may be
revoked for violation of any of these rules and regulations, or for any improper conduct.
"charlie, My Boy"
Charles Kurcher (pictured), who recently retired to become our lake área caretaker was
given a real oldfashioned send off by some of his friendo on the night shift. The little note that
follows was written by one of those friefnds who speaks for all of them. It might be entitled
"On Charlie" and goes like this: "Retirement is just a change in jobs for him! For
those of us who have worked with him, however, it means the loss of his sense of humor which has so
often elevated our spirits, of his companionship and of that drive that has urged him on to do more
than was expected of him. " YouTll see him if you visit the Argus Recreation Área. How
will you know him? He '11 be wearing the biggest smile. "
1957 Family Night Is Enjoyed By All
Preview Of Two New Argus Products
The new Argus C20 camera and complete kit will be introduced to dealers in a few weeks, and is
expected to receive immediate popularity. The kit package is especially exciting for new slide fans
or as a gift, because it includes the camera, flash unit, batteries, color film, Sylvania bulbs to
take slides, and an Argus PreViewer to show slides Everything that is needed, all at a low $59.95
price. The PreViewer is a special new model in two-tone brown which matches the new look of the C20
camera. Camera features include f:3.5 Cintar lens, coupled rangefinder, quick lever wind,
doublé exposure prevention, click f: stops and click shutter speeds. The C20 kit package is
the first in a series of new designs which will spread to other Argus products. This package puts
the camera in an upright position for maximum visibility, and it has new psychologically tested
HANDSOME NEW CAMERA has two-tone brown body with leather grain and metal trim for a good-looking
modern appeal. Carrying strap is furnished with camera, and leather case can be added as
New 500 Watt Projector Offers Top Brillance For 35mm Or Super-slides
Customers for color-slide projectors have been showing a preference for more light to produce
more brilliant pictures on the screen. . . so, there is more light in the soon to be introduced new
Argus 500-watt Model V projector. As a matter of fact, the new projector will put out more than
twice as much light as the 300-watt projector (which will continue in the line so we will cover all
levéis of the market). The new Model V will be available in a remote control model at $96.
50, and an automatic model at $79. 50. The regular remote control power unit can be added to the
automatic to convert it to remote control. With the growing number of slide users, it is important
that the new Argus projector is the only 500-watt model on the market I that provides for good
projection of Super as well as 35 mm. size slides. The Argus 500 also features a new large,
impeller-type blower which does an amazing job of keeping both the lamp and the slides cool even I
during long periods of projection. . .and it does its job in a whisper, f out annoying whine. The
new projector also introduces a new concept in the built-in carrying case which has a special
"open-edge" to make it easy to attach or remove the remote control power unit.
Fourty-six Argusites Celebrate Anniversaries
NOT PICTURED: JIM THOMPSON - General Factory - 5 years WALTER JOHNSON - Machine Shop - 15 years
DOUG NORDMAN - Educational Leave - 5 years CHARLES GILLIGAN - Tool Room - 5 years HAROLD GREEN -
Machine Shop - 5 years
Steven Kremer was born on June 3rd weighing 8 lb. 6 oz. to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Kremer. Dad works in
Number 4 for the Miles family, Kim Marie pictured above. She arrived on May 25th weighing in at 8
lb. 2-12 oz. Father N.H. works in Dept. 49. Helen Freeland, Dept. 74, announced the ar rival of her
first baby boy, Douglas Roberts, May 7th. Douglas weighed 8 lb. 4 oz.
Pictured here is Michael Robert Moore, age 6 months. His mom, Joan Moore, formally worked in
Dept. 10. Mary Kay Edwards of Personnel and her husband Dave have their first exemption, Kevin
Sanford. Shipping weight 6 lb. 1 oz. Delivery date June 13th.
Theodore LaJeunesse and Carole Harrie were married on June 8 at Hancock, Michigan. Af ter a
honeymoon in the Upper Peninsula the couple will reside in Hancock . Carole is the daughter of Marie
Harrie, Dept. 74. Ocie Kaufman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Kaufman, was married to William Hess on
June 22nd in St. Thomas Catholic Church here in Ann Arbor. They will reside in Ann Arbor following a
wedding trip to Maryland.
Argus Fathers-sons-daughters Golf League Standings
Points Carol - Dick Leggett 33 Denny - Scott - H. Peter son 28 Robbie - Mauri Howe 20 Fred -
George Conn 19 Jeff - Bill Courtright 16 Steve - Fred Leeman 15 Stanley - Ray Clark 15 Wendy -
Leonard Thomas 14 Can you oldsters beat Robbie Howe's 51 and 52?
I At the halfway mark of the golf season, any team in the league has a chance for the first
position. For individual honor s, R. Nickels and R. Leggett are fighting it out for low average.
Nickels with a 38.8 and Leggett with a 39.0 average.
Men's Golf Outing The annual Men's Golf Outing was held on June 8, 1957, at Lakeiand Golf Course.
This affair was a big success due to the fine weather and the wonderful meal. (See photos on next
page.) The Men's Golf League wants to take this opportunity to thank the men on the Special Events
Committee for the fine job of scheduling and carrying out the different events. The Committee
members are Fred Tower, Chairman; Ken Kaufman, Jim Fraser, Gene Rossbach, Ed Selent, Maynard
Winners Of The 1957 Argus Golf League Outing
Low Gross Score -R. Nickels (Travel Case) Chipping Contest -E. Zill (Travel Clock) Putting
Contest -R. Sealscott (Travel Clock) Putting Contest - R. Barsantee (Billfold) lst Low Net Score -
R. Cuny (Picnic Table) 2nd Low Net Score -W. Courtright (Visor Kit) 3rd Low Net Score -J. Karns (3
Golf Balls) High Score Over Average -H. Hale (Large Golf Tee) Blind Score #1 lst -R. Towner (Sport
Shirt) Blind Score #1 2nd - R. Conley (Bar-B-Q Set) Blind Score #1 3rd -H. Peterson (3 Golf Balls)
Blind Score #2 lst - W. Ambrazevich (Sport Shirt) Blind Score #2 2nd -D. Crump (6 Golf Balls) Blind
Score #2 3rd C. Chapman (3 Golf Balls) Blind Score #3 lst -R. Bullis (Sport Shirt) Blind Score #3
2nd -G. Wescott (6 Golf Balls) Blind Score #3 3rd -D. Dorow (1 Golf Ball) -C. Scott -H. Haas Blind
Score #4 lst -N. Na var re (Sport Shirt) Blind Score #4 2nd -K. Kaufman (Bar-B-Q Set) Blind Score #4
3rd J. Cope (3 Golf Balls) Door Prize #1 -G. Karns (Golf Bag) Door Prize #2 -J. Borgerson (Visor
Kit) Door Prize #3 -J. Cope (Car Kit) Door Prize #4 -F. Tower (Billfold) Door Prize #5 -K. Kaufman
(3 Golf Balls) Hole-In-One Contest lst -H. Peterson ($12.25) Hole-In-One Contest 2nd -R. Leggett
($7.35) Hole-In-One Contest 3rd -R. Sealscott ($4.90)
Divots And Prizes Fly At Golf Jamboree
Joe Detweiller Handing Out Honors to a Few of the Prize Winners...
Published every other month for the employees of Argus Cameras, and their families.
Coördinator - Arthur Parker, Jr. REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Camera Assembly -
BETTY FORSYTH, Lens Processing - BETTY SHATTUCK, Maintenance - JOHN KOKINAKES, Optical Assembly and
Final Inspection - KATIE DEL PRETE, Engineering - HÉCTOR HAAS and JUNE OSBORNE , Standards
and Production Planning - VIRGINIA 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 CLAPHAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night
Shift - ART SELENT. Feature writers: Robert Lewis, Andy Argus, Don Crump Photoprinting: Jan Gala
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Argus Is Proud Of These June Graduates
The four high school graduates pictured below are awarded Argus Scholarships. This brings the
total number of students participating in our scholarship program to 11. Our 12th student Constanc e
(Newman) Lyle graduated from the University of Michigan Literary School in June. The seven others
are still engaged in their schooling and may continue their scholarships. At the University of
Michigan we have Beverly Gray, Robert Wetzel and Sharon Fike; at Eastern Michigan College, Nancy
Hague, Norman Westphal, Gladys Fraser and Barbara Youngerman. Four scholarships of $250 are awarded
yearly to Argus employees or children of employees. Selection is based on general scholarship
qualifications and is administered by the University of Michigan. Each award is renewable for three