Winter Fun In Ann Arbor
(See Pages 4 & 5)
Looking At Argus
1957 is history. The year's results can be expressed briefly: Our sales and profits were not as
high as we had forecasted. This seems to be typical of industry in general, but that offers us
little satisfaction. We are really encouraged, however, by the opportunities we will have in 1958.
The schedule for the coming year will require the full cooperation of all of us if we are to
successfully meet our goals. You will be hearing a lot more on this subject in the next few months.
I plan to discuss it in more detail at our Employee Meetings which will be held during the last week
in January. In the meantime, the beginning of the new year seems to be an apprppriate time to review
another phase of our business- getting along with each other. The other day, I reviewed a report
concerning some basic human relations fundamentals. Included in this report was a list of guides for
supervisión which describes our working philosophy. It went something like this:
A supervisor should: 1. keep employees informed; 2. teil employees how they are doing; 3. ask
íor suggestions; 4. be a good listener; 5. let employees know how important their jobs are;
6. show consideration for subordinates; 7. be friendly and under standing; 8. allow employees
sufficient time to complete assignments; 9. be fair- play no favorites; 10. be helpful; he should
stick up for his men with no buck passing; 11. know his job; 12. be able to make decisions; 13. set
a good example.
I don't think anyone will argüe with the list. It is an excellent description of a
supervisores responsibilities to the men and women working with him, as well as his responsibility
to management. At Argus we are constantly striving to see that each supervisor is guided by these
fundamentals, and I am proud of the fine under standing of human relations displayed by our
supervisors. But, supervisors do not opérate by themselves. They naturally react to the
attitudes and behavior of the people with whom they work . From this point of view, every person in
the plant has a bearing on the quality and results of our supervisión. A supervisor cannot be
a good listener unless employees are willing to openly discuss problems,, Similarly, your initiative
in asking questions and your readiness to offer suggestions or constructive criticism all contribute
to successful operation of our Company. There will be many times during the coming year, when
introducing new products or when trying out new assignments, that this philosophy of teamwork will
be the key to our success. To build our future, it will be up to each of us to live by these basic
human relations principies. AYA
About The Cover
Don Haworth (Maintenance) looking over the qountryside before kicking off on a downhill run. The
picture was shot by Jan Gala (See Winter Activity Story, pages 4 and 5).
New Sylvania Tv Set Is Slimmest Ever Made
SylvaniaTs new 21 -inch televisión console, with a cabinet depth of only ten inches, is
the slimmest ever placed in commercial production. Known as the "Sylouette, " the set
represents one of the most significant changes in cabinet design since TV sets were first placed on
the market. Available in mahogany, limed oak and walnut finishes, the Sylouette is 36-18 inches
high, 34 inches wide and 10 inches deep. Like all other Sylvania products, it is available to
employees at a substantial discount.
Welcome New Citizen
TrWefre announcing with the greatest joy, his majesty our baby boy!M Name: Fred Piatkowski
Arrived: 12-17-1957, Federal Building, Detroit, Michigan Weight: 172 lbs. We extend congratulations
to Fred Piatkowski (Dept. 62) on achievement of his American citizenship.
With the weatherman hard at it lately, many of us have holed up for the winter exposing ourselves
to the elements only when necessary. Switching channels is about the most strenuous activity that
most of us engage in. However, there are those among us who thrive on the low temperatures and the
snows that usually accompany them. While indoor sporting activities suchas bowling, handball and
basketball are very popular, the outdoor sports are more generally recognized as our winter
conditioners. Of these outdoor
ties, ice skating seems to be the most popular, and skiing second. A number of employees
participate in the sports of ice boating, hockey, and tobogganing while ice-fishing captures the
fancy of a good many summer anglers. We at Argus are fortúnate indeed to have the extensive
winter activity facilities within easy access of Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities. Those
facilities not readily available in this área can be found out state within several hours
driving radius of Ann Arbor.
Chuck Renner (Paint Shop) is one of several hundred Argus employees svho bowl weekly in the many
local leagues. The bowling season which runs in excess of 30 weeks is without question the most
popular indoor winter sport among Argus employees.
Care and maintenance of equipment is the first order of business for the devoted skier, so says
Don Haworth (Maintenance). Skiing is one of the winter sports that usually requires a short trip
from the Ann Arbor area to find desirable facilities. Don points out that a ski-run near Lake Orion,
Michigan, is even lighted for night skiing.
SKI FLYING... Here is a year around sport in which many Argus employees particípate.
Pictured are Jan Vanden Broek (Engineering) and John Braykovich (Tabulating) inspecting the skis
which can be mounted on the J-3 Cub pictured. This plane is one of the two ships owned by the Ann
Arbor Flyers, Inc. This Club to which both Jan and John belong is a non-profit organization whose
sole purpose is to provide members with an opportunity to fly for business or pleasure at a minimum
ICE FISHING... Paul Haines (Dept. 62) poses for our camerman near the ice-fishing shanty in which
he spends many winter hours. Aside f rom TV, Paul says that these shanties have all the comfort of
home and fishing too. During the spearing season, pike and non-game fish may be taken and hook and
line fishing has only one restriction and that is on bass. Incidentally, you must be licensed to go
HOCKEY... Became a favorite spectator sport in this área with the Detroit Red Wings and
the University of Michigan offering fine teams to watch. Art Parker, Jr. (Personnel) goes one
further than just watching. He plays on a local merchantes team in a Canadian American League in
Windsor, Canada ever y Thursday night.
FIGURE SKATING... It is generally agreed that figure skating is the most graceful of all sports,
even out pointing high diving. The young lady pictured above certainly lends proof to that
contention. Many Argus employees are avid followers of this form of skating either as spectators or
participants . Locally there is a very active figure skating club and expert instruction may be
obtained at a very low cost. Among our employees there are many who are active in the sport or have
youngsters who are. Kay Walker (Engineering) as an example, spends many hours at the University ice
rink practicing with other members of the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club who jointly rent this
HIBERNATING... Not all winter sports require th stamina and conditioning that Ir Halman indicates
is needed for hi chosen activity. Televisión, read ing and several do it yourself proj ects
will consume most of his lei sure hours. Those hours left ove will be spent just plain relaxing.
Ye Olde Editor
issues of the Argus Eyes from years gone by is pretty e a good deal of the faces and material
would prove to most of us, there are items, particularly pictures sting and entertaining. s on this
page werp clipped from issues of the MArgus ar as 1941. Almost all the faces pie tur ed her e belong
ictively employed st Argus. ny of these faces can you identify?
GEE! IS IT ALL MINE?
Vacationing on a Bicycle Built
Ten Years of Loyal Service
Visits Argus Friends
Helpingf Make Bond Driv
James Steel Appointed To Sylvania Lighting Division
Argus advertising manager, James R. Steel has been appointed to the same position in the Sylvania
Lighting División in Salem, Mass., effective January 20. Jim is a twelve-year veteran of
Argus, with experience in the engineering department and in sales field assignments. He has been in
charge of our advertising and sales promotion since 1953, a period of major growth in Argus
advertising, display and merchandising activity. Rob Wilson, former manager of Argus Consumer
Services, and recently sales promotion manager has been appointed advertising manager of the Argus
Dixon Family Reports From Alaska
Shown here with his two boys is Bill Dixon who formally worked in our Product Service Department.
Bill and his family now reside in Anchorage, Alaska where he works as a service repairman for the
Argus distributor in Alaska, Chase Photo Enterprises.
Five Employees Retire At Years End
In talking with the five employees retir ed at the end of the year, one wonders if retirement is
the right word. These retirees have enough planned projects for their new-found leisure time to keep
several dozen people busy the year around. Some are catching up on vacation time at the moment,
while the others are working on those things they never quite had time for in past years.
Pauline L. Baker Camera Assbly. 15 years
Douglas MacPherson Sales 10 years
NOT PICTURED: León Blackmer Christine Burris Ruth Hayes 5 years
With the bowling season nan over, the Green Hornets team is "King of the HillM with 44
points won and 24 lost. This team consists of T. Knight lead off, E. Billau, R. Schneider, J.
Jaroszyk and M. Bahnmiller anchor. Their averages range f rom 160 to 169, which is a wellbalanced
team. At the rate this team is knocking the maples over, they will be hard to beat. But close on
their heels by only three points are the Tool Room and Maintenance teams with 41 points won and 27
points lost. With half the season remaining, there are any number of teams that could end up in the
top spot. The first and only person this year to achieve the honor of rolling a triplicate score is
Don Dempsey who rolled three identical scores of 123. MEN'S DAY SHIFT LEAGUE STANDINGS Standings so
far this year:
ARGUS WOMEN'S BOWLING LEAGUE STAJNDINGS Standings so f ar this year:
NIGHT SHIFT LEAGUE STANDINGS Standings so f ar this year:
ARGUS MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT The Argus Mixed Doubles had a doublé winner this year. D.
Towner and R. Crandell ended up with 1270 pins and tied with them was D. Ross and J. Ross with 1270
pins . Each couple received a trophy. The success of the tournament was due to the fine work of the
tournament committee which consisted of E. Selent (Chairman), B. Gardner, C. White, J. Fraser, W.
Allen and D. Crump.
"I stuck my fingers in the wrong ball at league bowling last night!"
All persons interested in playing in the Fathers and Sons and Daughters Golf League please
contact Ray Clark (Quality Control). Also, as a reminder to all Men Day Shift golfers; it is not too
early to start thinking about who your partner will be or if you do not have a partner to be looking
for one. Watch bulletin boards for further information.
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 BIRNEY, Tool Room - BILL FIKE, Accounting - CAROL WHITE, Service -
TOM KENTES, Suggestion Office - PAUL McCOY, C-4 and 44 Assembly - THRESSEL CONLEY, Sales - LOIS
ELKINS, Shipping and State Street Warehouse - LIZ CLAPHAM, Paint Shop - RON ARNST, Night Shift - ART
SELENT. Feature writers: Joe Detweiler , 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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Don't Worry About The Kids...
The Argus Teenage Club holds dances on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Over 200
members and guests attended the Christmas Dance. Each member and guest was asked to bring a wrapped
25L gift. Four additional packages were added each contained a certifícate awarding one of
four wonderful prizes. Each member also received a certifícate good for one 45 r.p.m. record
of their own choosing. The records and camera kit prizes were donated by Argus and two Sylvania
radios were purchased with Teenage Club funds. Club funds are also used for the purchase of the
latest records and for this type of dance it is very important that only semi-classical selection be
used. Some of these selections are "Great Balls of Fire, " MDaddy Cool" and
"Raunchy. " The Teenage members (and we suspect some are not quite "teen" yet)
are all relatives of Argus employees. If you know of some one who is not on the mailing list and
would like to be, the Argus relative should get in touch with Eddie Girvan. There is no charge for
membership. Parents or relatives who would like to see the members and guests "in action"
are cordially invited to visit the Cafetería Dance Ball any first or third Saturday of each
month between 8 and 11 p.m.