Talking About Argus
General business conditions are currently very good in this country. This
You Asked Andy
If you old timers will excuse me for a paragraph or two, I would like to introduce myself to our
many new employees. My name is Andy Argus, and my job is digging up information and answers to
questions asked of me by Argus employees. Question boxes are located in Plant I and II, and any
employee may drop me a line explaining his or her question. I, in turn, will try to answer the
question in our división magazine, " Argus Eyes". Like any other per son in
business, I have competition. My competition is in the form of supervisors and foremen who usually
have to answer to most employee questions. My other competitor is the " Rumor Board" with
its very fast reply service to employee questions. There are, fortunately for me, some lengthy
questions that employees prefer to ask of me. I can think of no better way of explaining this than
giving you an actual example of the type of question I frequently get. This one was dropped in the
Plant I box. Question: "How can a personas name appear on our seniority list when they have not
worked a day in two years?"
Of course the place to go for the answer to this question is the Personnel Department. I found
that, just as the Policy Manual states, an employee may remain on layoff one day for every day he or
she has worked up to a maximum of eighteen months, provided theyhave not refused a ree all back to
work. If the employee is not recalled before his seniority or the eighteen months elapses, he or she
is removed from the seniority list. However, the names of employees removed from the seniority list
are frequently retained beyond the ir termination date for insurance purposes. Occasionally these
names will, in error, appear on the seniority list. However, there is no possible way this could
affect other employees in seniority matter s, since the terminated employee's personal file has been
removed from all active files in the Personnel Department. A second question asked this month
concerned opening the cafeteria for the second shift (afternoons) lunch period. In checking this
matter I found that the night shift at even the busiest
time of our year seldom numbers more than 100 employees. Experience indicates that less than 13
of our employees buy the ir meáis in the cafetería. As aresult, the cost of keeping it
open during our second shift would far exceed the income. These losses would have to be made up by r
ais ing the food costs. For these reasons, it was decided that the only practical solution was to
install sandwich and hot soup vending machines in the Plant II cafetería for the convenience
of the second and third shift employees . Questions to Andy may cover any subject affecting
employees her e at Argus. If you have one, just let me take a crack at getting the answer for you.
On more urgent matter s, however, let me recommend your supervisor or foreman as the real answer
man, whether your questions are of the everyday variety or concern a more complex matter.
Doug Hamilton Moves To Home Electronics
J. Lee Lockard has joined Argus as Controller to replace Doug Hamilton who was named Controller
of the Sylvania Home Electronics División in Batavia, N. Y.
Lee has been with Sylvania since 1952, serving in the Picture Tube and Electronic Tube Divisions.
Most recently, he was Controller of Sylvania Electric (Canada) Ltd.
Loyal Crawford Receives Patent On Invention
Loyal Crawford of Tool Engineering has been awarded a U. S. patent on a self-threading nut which
may soon be in use in a variety of manufacturing applications. One advantage of the nut is that it
can be applied on a production line by pneumatic drive. Another unique feature is that even though
threads are stripped, it will cut new threads. The insurance of the patent was a real milestone,
since it marked thé climax of the project which Loyal started in 1951. Development of the
idea was laid aside at times, but the actual work took more than 3 years. Securing the patent took
over 2 additional years. Negotiations are currently being made to arrange the manufacture of the new
type nut by a Detroit firm on a royalty basis.
Argus Vacationers Really Get Around
Help Keep Your Blood Bank In The Red
Once more all Argus employees have the life-saving chance to keep the Ann Arbor Área
Industrial Blood Bank full of essential red blood. Argus has been a member of the Ann Arbor
organization since its founding in 1952, and scores of Argusites have since benefited from blood
transfusions. In fact, Argus Blood Bank members used a total of 92 pints of blood from the bank last
year. Just since January, 1959, 15 Argus members have benefited from the use of 46 pints of blood.
Yet these priceless pints of blood didn't cost their Argus users one red cent! Not even the
unfortunate Argusite who had to withdraw 56 pints of blood from the bank had to pay for a single
pint. For all of the blood needs of Blood Bank members --as well as the needs of dependent members
of their immediate families and of parents or grandparents on both sides of the family - are
automatically met by participation in the program.
You can draw on your Blood Bank membership wherever and whenever the need arises - throughout the
United States and even in some foreign countries. For instance, Grace Mayer, the wife of Quality
Control's Bob Mayer, received 3 pints of blood from the Blood Bank while a patiënt in a
Montreal, Canada, hospital. Some Argus people who were not Blood Bank members have undergone the
shocking experience of being forced to buy blood to meet the emergency needs of accident, operation,
or illness. They can teil you that it costs about $25 a pint! Enough said. If you're not already a
member of the Argus Blood Bank, you' 11 be happy to know that you can sign up
right now. Unless you're a new employee, this opportunity comes but twice a year. So don't delay
- sign up now. It may be too late for you by next spring. You will, of cour se, be asked to
dónate one pint of blood to the Blood Bank and to hold yourself ready for future donations.
As a rule, however, you won't be asked to dónate more than once a year. That's a small price
indeed to pay for the assurance that you'll never be faced with crippling blood expenses. Over 60%
of all Argus employees are now members of the Blood Bank. Join them. Membership application cards
are now available in the Personnel Office.
ANYTIME ... ANYWHERE ... ANY AMOUNT -
The fall Ann Arbor Area Industrial Blood Bank clinic ie scheduled in the King-Seeley C af eter ia
on September 30, October 1 , and October 2. Your friends will teil you that donating blood is
painless and harmless. All prospective donors will be excused from work during the time required to
visit the King-Seeley Cafeteria and make their donations. And you couldn't spend your time in a
by the people . . . for the people . . .
Dorít Hesitóte - DÓNATE
Argus Unveils Spectacular New Direct-wire Tv System
f HERE'S THE MARKET! I Direet-wire TV falls under the broad field of com1 munication called
visual". Until now, Argus 1 has not been particularly active in this field, having I
concentrated on the mass amateur photographic marI ket. Today, however, Argus is also prepared to I
pioneer in new areas of selling because of the elecI tronies know-how of other Sylvania divisions .
. . to I solve problems that have plagued businessmen, edulcators, and government officials for
years. I Direct wire TV is immediately applicable to . . I ... SCHOOLS. One teacher can now
communicate diI rectly with any number of classrooms, Scientific experiments, for instance, can be
more closely 1 observed by large classes . . . can be more elabo1 rate, too, since the cost can be
spread over many more students. Direct-wire TV is a f ast growing development in modern education.
All of a sudden . . . Argus is in the televisión business! In fact, Argus is all set to
carve out a very big niche in a little-known area of televisión called wire
transmission" . Most of us are vaguely familiar with the expression "closed-circuit
televisión" at least to the extent that we know we couldn't watch Johansson beat
Patterson on our home TV sets because the fight was on "closed-circuit" to theaters.
That's the essence of Argus' new direct-wire system, although the Argus equipment is designed for
more localized, non-public uses. In short, Argus is now marketing a revolutionary new TV camera that
transmits its picture to one or more TV receivers over a connecting wire. This is a field that
offers a new and expanding sales potential. .PLANT PROTECTION. Wátchmen can cover many
critical are as at one time by using a battery of TV receivers. And their work will be safer, too,
since they will be able to cali for help without exposing themselves to danger. . . .STORES.
Shoplifters will be living dangerously from now on, for they'll never know if their activities are
being clósely watched over an Argus TV system. .MILITARY SECURITY. Vital defense
installations can be guarded by fewer men . . . with greater certainty. Argus will be on the alert!
. . .INDUSTRY. Many difficult - even dangerous - process monitoring jobs can be taken over by the
Argus direct wire TV system. The worker will be able to inspect activity from a safe distance yet
peer right into the heart of the process. . . .YOU NAME IT! There are hundreds of other applications
. . . and we're out to uncover them all, and provide a simple, sur e Argus direct-wire TV system to
handle the job.
Argus Unveils Spectacular New Direct-wire Tv System
HERE'S THE PRODUCT! Heart of the new Argus TV system is a brand new televisión camera that
operates effectively under normal light conditions. This camera is aprime example of the advantages
Argus gains from being part of a great industrial complex like Sylvania Electric Products. The
camera was developed in the laboratories of the Home Electronics División of Sylvania, and is
the first such camera designed for mass production. Now hold your hats - the camera will sell for
only $595 as opposed to the $1,500 price tag that has accompanied all previous TV cameras suited for
this sort of work. What a sales advantage that is going to be! The new TV camera weighs just 16
pounds, incorporates a 4 lens turret, and fits a standard tripod. It offers relative simplicity in
comparison with the extreme complexity of all previous cameras designed for this market. In f act,
there is no installation required at all: just plug it into the nearest electric outlet, connect
camera to receiver with a plug-in cable, and you're "on televisión. " The complete
line consists of the camera itself, a 17" monitor, and as many 23" receivers as the
customer may require. And that's all that's needed for clear pictures at distances up to 1,000 feet.
Special boosters can add to the transmission distance. As Jack Riggs, President - Marketing,
recently said, "We've got a direct wire televisión system that can equal or exceed the
quality of any comparable system on the market. With the price advantage we now hold over
competitors, we should be able to establish Argus as the direct wire system."
HERE'S THE MAN! Mr. Riggs has announced that Bob Kreiman, VicePresident - National Accounts, will
also assume the position of Visual Sales Manager. Bob brings a wealth of experience to the position,
having fulfilled a similar respons ibility for Bell & Howell Co. in the past. He is thoroughly
familiar with the school, church, and industrial markets. Bob reports that advance response to the
new TV system is uniformly enthusiastic. In the few weeks since the first pilot model was revealed
the number of advance orders has been unusually heavy. Dealers are clamoring for exclusive rights.
When the national advertising on the Argus TV system first appears in November, it looks as if Argus
is likely to be swamped! ¦¦¦ii
SEE IT NOW! In case you missed the first brief showing, the re will be a special installation of
the new Argus Direct wire TV system in our cafeteria on Oct. 19 through 23 All employees are invited
to inspect the newest wonder in our product line - and to inspect themselves as they appear on
New Movie Cameras Promise Sales Action
For the first time in its history Argus is prepared to offer vigor ous competition in the
blossoming home movie field. Two exciting new 8mm movie cameras, perfected after years of research
and development, have just been offered for sale to the nation's consumers. These new cameras form a
team with the previously announced Argus 8mm movie projectors, offer the home movie maker true optie
al excellence and unusual convenience for their respective prices. Building on the well-established
Argus reputation, the Sales Department hopes to acquire rapid distribution of the new movie cameras
and to cut deeply into traditional Christmas movie camera buying. With a complete line of cameras
and projectors, there is every reason to hope for good consumer acceptance.
Produced to retail at $149.95, the new Argus Cinetronie movie camera incorporates many features
usually found only on more expensive cameras. Even a rank amateur can turn out projectable footage,
for the Cine tronie offers fully automatic electric-eye exposure settings. As the camera is swung,
the lens aperture instantly adjusts to light intensity changes to produce perfect exposure for each
subject. It couldn't be easier. In addition, the Cinetronic features three f 1.9 colorcorrected,
turret-mounted lenses to enable the amateur photographer to achieve professional effects. Each lens
boasts its own true-image optical viewfindef which eliminates the confusión of masks or
lines. The Cinetronic also features daylight-loading of doublé 8mm film. And film speeds f
rom ASA 10 to ASA 40 can be used, for the electric-eye exposure control can be set to exact film
speed. Single frame operation for special effects has been built into the Cinetronic, too.
The new Matic movie camera fits into the medium-price class, retails at $99.95. This camera
features a built-in Match-Matic exposure meter with a fool-proof calibrated dial to indicate exact
aperture settings. Settings can be made quickly and easily without reference to special charts. The
Match-Matic comes with the same three-lens turret that appears on the Cinetronic, including the
individual optical viewfinders. It also provides for daylight-loading with doublé 8mm film. A
very special Match-Matic feature is the speedy ratchet wind for the spring motor. That'll be hard to
equal on any other camera in this price field.
Fun For All At The Family Picnic
Picnic At German Park
Miss Susan I. Smith, daughter of Rosetta (Dept. 24) and Henry (Dept. 10), was united in marriage
to Gerald E. Eisemann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ersin Eisemann of Ann Arbor, on Saturday, August 1. The
ceremony took place in the Zion Lutheran Church, with a reception held in the church parlors ,
followed by another at the bride 's home. Miss Mary Ellen Whitfield was maid of honor, and
bridesmaids were Mrs. Henry N. Smith, Jr. of Brighton, sister-in-law of the bride, and Miss Patricia
Smith, sister of the bride. Duane Guenther of Saline was best man, with ushers Henry N. Smith, Jr.,
brother of the bride, Lloyd Guenther, Jack Flowers, and Frederick Ellicott. The couple honeymooned
in Northern Michigan. They will make their home in Ann Arbor.
Mr. and Mrs. James K. Nordling of Ironwood, Michigan, have announced the engagement of their
daughter, Judith (of Ann Arbor) to Dexter Bennett, Jr. Dexter works in Argus' Marketing Services
Department. A winter wedding is planned by the couple.
We extend our sympathy to the families of Gertrude North, Wilhio Kelly, and Esther Haworth, who
recently passed away. imnnHHMMimmHa
Shilling-gray Rites In Dexter Methodist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Gray of Maple Ridge announce the marriage of their daughter, Bever ly
Sue, to Wilbur Martin Shilling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Shilling of Fulmer Street. The couple
exchanged vows Saturday afternoon, June 20, before the Rev. A. P. Rickard in the Dexter Methodist
Church. Mrs. Charles B. Gray, sister-in-law of the bride, served as matron of honor and the
bridegroom asked his brother, Harold A. Shilling, to be his best man. Following a reception in the
social rooms of the church, the couple left on a two week wedding trip to the Upper Peninsula. The
bride was graduated from the University of Michigan (an Argus scholarship student), and the groom is
a student at Eastern Michigan University. Bever ly is the daughter of Wilmot Gray of the Shipping
Department and Bill is the son of Jack Shilling in the Machine Shop.
Born August 18 Weight 6 lbs. 4 ozs. Father - Leo Stapleton, Jr., Shipping. DALE HAROLD CAMPBELL
Born August 11 Weight 7 lbs. 5-12 ozs. Father is Milton Campbell of Service. Dale has a brother,
Vern and a sister, Debra. STEVEN MICHEL ISAACSON Born July 17 Weight 10 lbs. 14 ozs. Father -Bob
Isaacson, Manufacturing Engineering. Steven has two brothers, Kenneth 4 yrs. and Robert 11 yrs.
GREGORY SCOTT CAMERON Born July 15 Weight 6 lbs. 6 ozs. Mother - Silvey Sue Cameron, formerly of
Sales and Accounting. KAREN LYNN PRESTON Born July 6 Weight 5 lbs. 6 ozs. Father - Arthur Preston,
formerly worked in the Machine Shop. Mother - Barbara, Purchasing RICHARD SCOTT RAU Born Sept. 9
Weight 7 lbs. 7 ozs. Father - Bob Rau, Engineering. Mother - Sue Rau, formerly of Personnel LORRAINE
JEAN ARNST Born Sept. 6 Weight 8 lbs. 2 Ozs. Father - Ron Arnst, Tool Room.
MEN'S GOLF With the end of the 1959 golfing season drawing to a close, the race in both the
Tuesday and Wednesday night leagues will not be decided until the last night of play. In the Tuesday
night league we have two teams tied for first - J. Borger son - R. Isaacson, and J. Fraser - R.
Moore combinations. But close on their heels, and don't count these guys out, is the team of R.
Leggett - N. Navarre, last year's champs. In the Wednesday night league there is also a tie between
the combinations of P. O'Neill - G. Rogers and T. Loy - R. Sealscott. And only three points behind
the leaders is the team of J. Shattuck - K. Kaufman. The first and second place teams in each league
will have a play-off to determine the champion of champions of Argus.
WEDS. NIGHT GOLF LEAGUE STANDINGS
September brings the start of the bowling season and end of the golfing season. This year the
men's league will consist of twelve teams, with very few teams remaining intact from last year.
Anyone who would like to bowl please contact the league secretary, J. Miatech. The women's league
will have six teams, the same as last year. Anyone who would like to bowl should contact the league
secretary, Beulah Newman. TUES. NIGHT GOLF LEAGUE STANDINGS
Published every other month for the employees of Argus Cameras and their families
Coördinator - DOROTHY HAARER REPORTERS: Machine Shop - DOROTHY LIXEY, Purchasing - EDNA
RACICOT, Timekeeping - BETTY SHATTUCK, Maintenance - TOM WESTFALL, Engineering - KAY WALKER,
Manufacturing Engineering - HÉCTOR HAAS and CAROLINE BANNAN, Toolroom - BILL FIKE, Accounting
- CAROL WHITE, Service - THELMA BURKE, Suggestion Office - ART PARKER, Camera Assembly - THRESSEL
CONLEY, Sales - LOIS HOWELL, Paint Shop - ETHEL HUFFMAN, Night Shift - C ONRAD GANZHORN, Shipping -
MARY JANE ALEXANDER. Feature Writers: Clint Harris, Don Crump, Andy Argus Photoprinting: Jan Gala
Photography: Jan Gala MATERIAL MAY BE REPRINTED WITH CREDIT TO ARGUS EYES
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Sylvania Panelescent Lamps Used In 1960 Chrysler And Imperial
Dashboards of 1960 Chrysler and Imperial automobiles will be illuminated by Sylvania
"Panelescent" electroluminescent lamps, it has been announced jointly by Chrysler
Corporation and Sylvania Electric Products Inc. According to R. M. Rodger, Chief Engineer ojUthe
Chrysler and Imperial División, "Because electroluminescence is a low-level light
source, there is less eye adjustment when the driver looks from the road to the instrument panels
and back to the road. Eye strain in night driving will be greatly reduced."
FURTHER AUTO APPLICATIONS EXPECTED Frank J. Healy, President of Sylvania Lighting Products,
described the Chrysler application as a "major milestone in the commercial development of
electroluminescent lighting which should lead to further dramatic uses in the automotive and other
industries. " The Panelescent lamp produces light over the entire surface of a panel by the
principie of electroluminescence - the creation of light through the excitation of phosphors placed
in an electrical field. Only .025 of an inch thick, the lamp produces a uniform light without the
use of bulbs, tubes, filaments, or cathodes. lts construction consists of a porcelainized steel
sheet with a ceramic-phosphor coating. Sylvania pioneered the development of this type of light, and
introduced the first commercial application in 1950. A companion to automotive applications is
Sylvania1 s development of a Panelescent lamp super -highway marking sign having many more times
driver readability than conventional lighted signs at one-half the power consumption cost. The first
Panelescent highway sign has been successfully tested on the Roseville Freeway by the California
División of Highways. "When electroluminescence is marketed as a high intens ity light
source, and that development could come in a relatively short period, it will rival every other form
of lighting now in existence," Mr. Healy said. "Entire walls will be made of
electroluminescent mater ials, which can glow softly or brightly according to your mood. In this
direction, Sylvania is engaged in a continuing program of research and development to broaden the
applications of this new light source. " The Panelescent lamps are being produced by Sylvania
Lighting Products at Salem, Mass.