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Letters to the editor
In for a Surprise
The following, an excerpt from publisher William S. Jackson’s regular “From Where I Sit” column in the March 6 edition of The Sun, is reprinted with permission.
Had a rather interesting week just past. For the first time in several years, I was back in the classroom teaching a class. Not on journalism or even the weekly newspaper business, but rather a class which I titled “Automotive Research for Beginners.”
For those of you who have followed this column over the years, you know that before Rosemary and I purchased The Sun in June 1970, I was editor of Antique Automobile magazine for the Antique Automobile Club of America, working out of its national headquarters here in Hershey.
After purchasing The Sun, I very shortly became editor of Classic Car magazine for the Classic Car Club of America and later still, editor of Bulb Horn magazine for the Veteran Motor Car Club of America, printing both right here in Hummelstown on The Sun’s press.
In those early days of automotive history writing, there was no such thing as the Internet, Google or Yahoo. When I had to write a historical article, or verify the research on an article submitted to me, I had to physically find a source at a library, automobile museum or interview people who had been involved. Thus, I learned where the best and sometimes only sources of research material or photographs were in the relatively new field of automotive research. I built a library of my own and collection of sources which I have maintained to this day.
Enter my friend Earl Mowrey from Williamsport. I worked with Earl on the Carroll Shelby exhibit at the AACA Museum and learned he was working with others to start a curriculum on automotive restoration at the Penn State affiliated Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. It has since become a reality.
So, last Wednesday, I headed to Williamsport and met up with Earl and Roy Klinger, who is head of the curriculum.
Was I ever in for a surprise. I have given classes before at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on journalism and weekly newspapers, but I wasn’t prepared for what I found at Pennsylvania College of Technology. I expected something on the scale of the Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg. Was I wrong! Their campus is modern (and) well laid out. …
My initial meeting with the students came in their large well-equipped garage, where we examined a 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton that had been brought in for the occasion. They are working on several other projects for museums there, including an 1895 Duryea for the Boyertown Museum, an early Chevrolet Chevelle for the AACA Museum and the one-off Verrill Wolf Wagon for the Swigart Museum.
Before my two classes, I was taken to the Le Jeune Chef Restaurant for lunch, the on-campus facility run by students and faculty as part of their curriculum. It is open to the public, has a varied menu and was crowded.
My two classes went well, and I’ll be seeing the students again March 19 when they come to Hershey to visit the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center.
We stayed overnight on campus at the college’s guest house, a magnificent Victorian mansion that was completely designed, constructed, finished and furnished by the various student curriculums.
If you get the impression I am impressed by what they are doing there, you are absolutely right. It strikes me they are preparing students for careers in job areas that are needed, right now and in the future. Instead of turning out well-educated students in areas where they can’t find good and immediate employment, they are turning out graduates that people and companies are waiting in line to hire. This as opposed to master’s degree students in things like philosophy that are flipping burgers at McDonald’s.
If you’ve got a kid who is getting close to high school graduation, isn’t keen on college and isn’t sure what they want to do, I highly recommend taking a look at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
William S. Jackson
“From Where I Sit”
Publisher, The Sun, Hummelstown
WTI After Korea
I enjoy reading your magazine, particularly the older information. I was a student at Williamsport Technical Institute in 1955. I graduated with a degree in drafting. In those days, we worked from simple drafting to copying Lycoming (Engines) prints. I had just returned from Korea in 1954, got married and lived in Williamsport up by the city park. I was going to school using the G.I. Bill of Rights, which amounted to $180 a month. That was a little rough paying rent, tuition, with a baby on the way. We had moved to Williamsport from Punxsutawney. The following January, I took a job with Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven as a detail draftsman. I had made arrangements with the school to finish my drafting education and get a degree. The school had served me very well to prepare me for drafting. At the time, I think I remember Dr. (Kenneth) Carl, and I do not remember the names of my teachers, but one was an older man who had a disability that impacted the use of his right arm. He was a wonderful man, as he introduced me to engineering work.
My career at Piper extended to 30 years, during which I soon became a drafting supervisor, followed by chief draftsman and later manager of engineering services. At one time, Piper Aircraft employed 33 wonderful draftsmen and illustrators that had attended or graduated from Williamsport Tech. Many of these people were promoted to or went on to very important jobs in the field of engineering.
Russell G. Fullerton