The Kodak R&D Retirees Lunch Group meets each fall and each spring. We have been meeting for nearly fifty years. It is a great opportunity to see old friends, enjoy an excellent lunch, and learn interesting information from top Kodak executives and local experts.
The group is open to all retirement eligible professionals who worked in research and development at Kodak and left the company.
If you are not already on the list and would like to be included in future mailings, let us know. New email address? Let us know that, too!
The steering committee for the group is Gary Einhaus, Gary Fritz, Terry Lund, Jim Patton, Liz Patton, Glen Pearson, Bob Shanebrook and Jim Weaver. Gary Einhaus is now the major domo of the group.
Kodak R&D Retirees Lunch Group
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1983 Photo Directory
Roger Nelson shared a copy of the KRL Photo Directory from 1983 with lab by lab photos of all professionals and secretaries in the labs. Click here to see it.
The file takes a minute or so
download since it is large. The file is searchable by name (Control-F or Cmd-F)
History of Electrophotography at Kodak Available
Gordon Jarvis was the first researcher at Kodak to work on electrophotography. The man who was there from the beginning wrote a wonderful history of electrophotography at Kodak in 1988. If you worked at Kodak and would like a PDF of this history, click here.
Former Kodaker Brad Paxton wrote a fascinating book celebrating the best Kodak moments of the last 50 years in electronic and digital technology. Here is the untold story of Kodak's pioneering efforts in the field of electronic imaging during the last third of the 20th century that eventually set the stage for how people capture, enjoy, and share images today. From the 1960s through the 1990s Kodak was an electronic-equipment powerhouse and digital pioneer -- from the development of Cold War spy
camera technology and the Lunar Orbiter and mirrors for the Hubble Telescope to the invention of the first digital still camera, Photo CD, and early digitization and restoration of motion pictures, including Disney's Snow White. An interesting, fun read - available at Amazon.
Our last lunch featured Michael
Shamiyeh whose has been investigating Kodak's response to technological disruption. He reviewed several thousand documents, talked with more than one hundred insiders, and retraced the company’s financials back to the early 1970s. In his talk, he presented his findings
Penfield Country Club chosen as our new "home."
Our membership had enjoyed attending lunches at Oak Hill Country Club for many years. Unfortunately, Oak Hill increased lunch prices about 50% to the point where we would have to charge attendees nearly $40. The steering committee felt that was too much. A few "trade trials" at the Penfield Country Club show them to be an excellent alternative at an affordable price.
on the reasons for the company’s failure concluding with lessons learned from Kodak – a company he considers to be a pioneer that certainly shaped the digital revolution.
104 people signed up for the lunch!
Announcing Bob Shanebrook's "Making KODAK Film, 2nd Edition"
The first edition provided a great deal of information that had never been published. Nearly all of the additional information in the new book has never been published. Certainly never gathered together in a comprehensive explanation of film manufacturing.The book includes:
1. History of film base manufacturing including American Film, cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate, Estar Base and others.
2. Expanded discussion of historic and modern emulsion making processes and equipment.
3. History of coating technology and expanded discussion of curtain coating including photographs of an operating Kodak curtain coater and the thread-up path of Kodak’s Building 38 Film Coating Machine.
4. Expanded description and photographs of finished film configurations and the finishing processes. Of special interest is motion picture film finishing using high speed T-perforators.
5. Detailed descriptions of photographic film image forming mechanisms for black-and-white films, color negative films, Ektachrome Films, and Kodachrome Films.
6. Technical descriptions and history of Kodak Films that are used for consumer, professional, motion picture, x-ray, micrographic, graphic, aerial, and scientific applications.
7. Description of past and current Kodak Worldwide manufacturing plants, interactions between the plants, and technology transfers.
8. First-hand description of working in Kodak’s film business in the 1980’s.
9. Information based on private communications with over 100 photographic experts.
10. Addition of over 225 photographs and diagrams.
11. Identification of sources of information; over 600 footnoted references.
12. A table of figures and an index to facilitate finding information in the book.
The book is 470 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches and four-color printed on 80-pound gloss paper. It is gloss-film lamination hard-cover bound. Shipping weight is 5 pounds. It was printed and bound in Rochester NY, USA
The price of the book is $100 until December 31, 2016. After that, the price is $125. In addition, there is a $15 shipping charge and sales tax for NY State delivery. If requested, books will be signed by the author.
Check or money order:
439 Avondale Road
Rochester, NY 14622
International: All prices in US dollars. I charge what USPS charges for shipping. USPS flat rate shipping is about the same for 1, 2, or 3 books to many countries. Contact me at makingKODAKfilm@yahoo.com
Shipments begin November 10, 2016
This is a substantial expansion of the first edition. The first edition's 94 pages provided a high level view of the technology used to provide silver halide films. The positive response encouraged me to write a second edition with much more in-depth coverage of the subject. To gather information, I consulted over 100 photographic film experts. This resulted in a 470-page book that includes an additional 225 illustrations and over 600 footnoted references. Check out the website!