January 6, 1986 |
James C. Billups, head of the electronics department at Delaware County Community College and a tennis instructor, died Wednesday. He was 55 and a resident of West Philadelphia. Billups had been an electronics teacher at Delaware County Community College since the school opened in 1965 and at the time of his death was head of the department. He taught tennis at the West Park Tennis Club in Fairmount Park, where he was a member. For several years he also taught the game at the community college.
March 11, 1993 |
Only a fool strolls into an electronics store to buy a TV, VCR or other gadget without having done some homework. With so many models, styles and prices to choose from and so many salespeople eager to make a deal, any babe in the woods had better beware. For a quick refresher course in video and audio products, the March issue of Consumer Reports offers a "Guide to the Gear" that can't be beat. Published by the watchdog group Consumers Union, the magazine's product reports and evaluations are a touchstone for the cautious shopper.
December 5, 1992 |
This is not a concert, but an event: No fists-in-the air or Elvis pelvis here. Members of Orbital are almost hiding behind their computer-driven instruments, which look like something out of WarGames. And the audience, well, the audience doesn't much care about what is going on onstage. People seem more interested in watching others. Using the measure of a traditional concert, Orbital's full-house visit to the Trocadero Wednesday night - as an opener for industrial-dance act Meat Beat Manifesto - gets a thumb-and-a-half down.
May 15, 2013 |
Marty Levine, 82, a former electronics technician in the computer engineering department of The Inquirer, died of complications from neck surgery on Sunday, May 12, at his home in Mount Laurel. Mr. Levine worked for The Inquirer from April 1978 to December 1995. Born in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Levine graduated from Tilden High School there and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Long Island University, his wife, Roberta, said in an interview Monday.
October 23, 2012 |
Stephen Murr, 65, of Valley Forge, a former electronics technician and businessman, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. Mr. Murr a South Philadelphia native, was born to a close-knit Italian American family. He attended St. Paul's School, where he served as an altar boy. He was "a throwback type of gentleman," said his sister, Rose Murr. "Steve was just incredibly generous, dedicated to his work, and honest," she said. "He was very down to earth and took pride in the small things that he loved.
January 3, 1988 |
I am pursuing a B.S. in electrical engineering technology at Temple University and already possess a bachelor's degree in literature. What is the job outlook for electronic technologists (as opposed to full-fledged engineers)? Also, what's the outlook for technical writers? - S.N., Philadelphia. I think I see what you're trying to do - combine your interest in literature with a skill in electronics. However, you'd better do one thing at a time. You are embarking on a totally new four-year program aimed at positions in electro-mechanical manufacturing and quality control, production, electronic testing, sales and service, power systems, and development and research.
January 14, 2012
Russell J. Roth Sr., 83, of Sellersville, who retired as an electronics manager in 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at Grand View Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Roth graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy from September 1945 to April 1949 and again from 1950 to 1952. His daughter, Cynthia Mannes, said he served in shipboard fire-control units in the Mediterranean, then was recalled to duty during the Korean War. Mr. Roth earned his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University after night classes in the late 1960s, while he was a quality-control manager for Philco-Ford in Philadelphia.
May 1, 2014 |
George H. Heilmeier, 77, a Philadelphia native who created the first liquid-crystal displays for calculators, watches, and computers while working for RCA Laboratories, died Monday, April 21, of a stroke at a hospital in Plano, Texas. Mr. Heilmeier graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned advanced degrees including a doctorate in solid state materials and electronics from Princeton University. In the 1960s, he joined RCA Laboratories in New Jersey, where he worked with electro-optic effects in liquid crystals to create the liquid-crystal display.
July 18, 2015 |
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
April 10, 2013 |
Like the John Cage and Morton Feldman festivals in recent years, Network for New Music's Third Space festival of electronic music revealed numerous pieces that shouldn't need a festival in order to be heard, but don't fit (sometimes physically) into typical concert halls. The venues of the Friday-through-Monday concerts told much of the story: Small studios and theaters at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Community College of Philadelphia were chosen for their technological resources.