Chapter Meeting Highlights
December 1, 2000

Music & Fun for the Holidays

As happens every December, big platters of holiday goodies covered the refreshment table as our members did a great job bringing yummy treats for all to share. During the hour preceding the meeting, we all had a chance to catch up with our many friends and be among the first to wish them happy holidays.

Chapter President Roy Irick presented the Ebell Club caretaker, James, a $50 gift from the chapter. James expressed his thanks and his appreciation for the 10-year relationship our chapter has had with the Ebell Club. He referred to us as “one of my fun groups.”

A 50/50 drawing was conducted by Bud Saiben. Winners included our chapter librarian, Ed Athey, Jay McAlister, Wes White, and John Roth. For the rest of us – better luck next year!

Our program was something very different. Dave Weisbart, known by most to be an avid Ansonia collector, is also a classical guitarist. He put together a program of mostly horologically-related music for our entertainment. The program began with the only non-horological piece, a classical-era set of variations on a theme from Mozart’s “Magic Flute.” After the applause died down, Hoke Dillon was heard to remark, “He must have more than ten fingers!” Dave then played a more modern Spanish piece called “Campanas del Alba” (Bells of the Dawn) which depicted the church bells of a Spanish village ringing-in the sunrise.

Then it was time to do a sing-along. Dave provided lyric sheets for the popular tune, “Grandfather’s Clock,” and our members and guests sang all four verses while he provided accompaniment. If “Grandfather’s Clock” was the most popular horological song of the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, Dave said, then surely the most popular horological song of the latter half of the 20th century was Leroy Anderson’s “The Syncopated Clock.” Dave read through the lyrics, pointing out that when the song claimed that nobody could fix the syncopated clock, there were at least a couple dozen people in the audience who were more than qualified to do so! We then heard Dave’s arrangement, based on the original piano score, of this very recognizable work.

The finale was a multi-media event. This sing-along was a horological version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” featuring lyrics written by Dave (see box, below). Rather than pass out lyric sheets, Dave put together a computerized slide show that presented the lyrics – and photos of the numerous gifts – in time with the music; a sort of high-tech version of “follow the bouncing ball.” Everyone seemed to have fun keeping up with the clocks and watches as they flashed across the big screen, made possible by our new video projector. The audience offered a warm round of applause for the entertaining program.

Show & Tell started with Jay McAlister who brought an early 1930’s electric clock mounted in a radio (not a clock-radio!). Jay explained how early electric clocks did not start up by themselves when plugged in, and people who acquired such clocks today often assumed they weren’t working when all they needed was a little “push.” He advised, though, that you should not plug in an old radio that has not been electronically restored. Old, dried-out electrolytic capacitors can cause damage throughout the chassis if they’re powered up.

Elle Clark showed an interesting pocket watch by Dudley, made between 1920 and 1925. The clear back revealed a movement that incorporated Masonic symbols. Elle told how only 1700 of this particular model (#3) were made.

Roy Irick displayed a crystal regulator with interesting curved glass on the sides, and a Marti movement, which he acquired at the Del Mar Regional.

Hoke Dillon displayed an ignition coil from a Ford Model T, into which a friend of his had fitted a small clock. We heard several stories from both Hoke and Roy about the mischief youngsters would get into playing with these discarded coils. Hoke then showed an hourglass he bought in Kansas and, in keeping with Elle’s presentation, he also displayed his own Elgin pocket watch with Masonic symbols on the dial.

General Meeting Minutes
December 1, 2000

President Roy Irick called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. He then introduced the guests.

After Roy called for a motion, Jay McAlister moved and Hoke Dillon seconded a motion that the minutes of the last meetings, as published in the Tic Talk Times, be approved. The motion passed.

Roy thanked everyone who brought refreshments. He reminded everyone about the chapter rules regarding guest attendance, as published in the December Tic Talk Times.

He then talked about the meeting, held at the Linkenhokers’, of the 2002 National Convention committee. There was a brief discussion regarding the exhibit, tentatively titled, “The California Collections.”

James, the caretaker at the Ebell Club, was given a $50 present from the chapter.

A 50/50 drawing was held. Ed Athey, Jay McAlister, Wes White, and John Roth were the winners.

Dave Weisbart presented a program of classical guitar music and sing-alongs, including such horological hits as “Grandfather’s Clock,” “The Syncopated Clock,” and “The Horological 12 Days of Christmas.”

Roy Irick clarified the meaning and intent of his President’s Message in the Tic Talk Times.

Show & Tell included Jay McAlister showing an early electric clock in an ERLA radio, Elle Clark showing a Dudley pocket watch with Masonic symbols, Roy Irick displaying a crystal regulator with curved glass, and Hoke Dillon showing a clock embedded in a Model-T ignition coil, an hourglass and an Elgin pocket watch.

Door prizes were won by Angelo DiMino, Murray Lefkowitz, Bill Tounzen, and Dave Weisbart.

Bud Saiben announced the location of an upcoming auction in the city of Orange. Roy announced the upcoming mini-mart in Sun City.

Meeting was adjourned at 9:21.

Respectfully submitted, David Weisbart, Secretary


South County Meeting Minutes

The South County sub-chapter meeting was held on Sunday, December 10, 2000 at 2 P.M. at the ParaTech Coating building in Aliso Viejo. Minutes of the August 13, 2000 meeting were approved as circulated as well as the financial report.

Mary Ann Wahlner reviewed actions taken at Council meeting in Columbia.

The video “Restoration of Metal & Bronze Clocks and Statues” was shown.

Show and Tell consists of whatever members choose to bring or discuss. Mary Ann brought a French swinger clock on which a leg of the statue had been restored. Rosemary Leonard showed pictures of a red marble garniture set her grandfather made. Julie Stevens brought two working 1960s watches she had purchased last week in Tijuana for $30. Jeffrey Stewart showed an 1865 Chappic ladies watch with cylinder escapement and rear key wind. Chappic went into partnership with Patek Phillipe in later years. John Meiling brought a blue flowered cloisonne watch holder with a mother of pearl faced ladies watch. Guest Carl Mounteer brought a 200 year old movement needing TLC which a neighbor was going to throw out. He also brought a working miniature replica of the tower clock in Salisbury Cathedral.

The next meeting will be held on January 14, 2001. at ParaTech at 2 P.M.. Any NAWCC member is welcome. For information call 949-859-7784. ParaTech may be reached from El Toro Road by going south on Moulton Parkway; right on Glenwood Dr; left on Argonaut to #35.

—Minutes submitted by Mary Ann Wahlner

These were the minutes as published in Chapter 69's official newsletter, the Tic Talk Times.

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