1968 Danbury PE Office Space Plan

I just found this floor plan in my filing cabinet. It is the original 1968 second floor office plan for Perkin-Elmer's 100 Wooster Heights, Danbury building where the Hexagon camera system was designed, built and tested. No windows except in the cafeteria. The first floor was not yet completed and its plan could not be made public because the two large thermal-vacuum chambers located in the high-bay area were considered classified information. The blank space in the upper-right of the plan was the high bay. 

For many years on the Hexagon program I sat in the Design Engineering area at X marks the spot. I thought this would bring back memories. Do send me memories any of you have of those days. 

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A Chinese Junk Story

John Rawlings was a clever British born mechanical engineer who worked on Hexagon in its early days. He loved to tinker and build models using his old European Mecano set, similar to the  American Erector set.

One of the scale models he made was of the hexagon camera assembly rotating in its frame. The model was shown at various meetings. For fun John attached a coin slot to the model that required putting a quarter coin in it to turn it on. One tine he actually made Chester Nimitz, Jr. our CEO, to put a coin in so he could see it in motion.

John did well making his models, but he had less success with the Chinese Junk that he owned and sailed in Long Island Sound. I and several other engineers were invited one time to go for a sail on it. We were lucky as it performed ok during a two-hour sail. The next time John went out with some other PE staff, when they arrived at the dock the Junk was gone. It had sunk right at the pier. He apparently was not able to prevent a boat leak but he could build complicated models. His Chinese Junk is shown here with some lucky sailors.


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