About Us
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

Bob Shanebrook's "Making KODAK Film, 2nd Edition" available

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 $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:

Robert Shanebrook
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

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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.
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.
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!


If you know someone that might want to join the lunch or be added to our mailing list, please have them contact us by clicking here. 
Special tour of GEM for KRL Retirees members.
The next gathering of KRL Retirees is a special event on Monday, May 14 at 1:00 PM at the George Eastman Museum (GEM).

Bob Shanebrook, working with the staff at GEM, has organized three tracks of three presentation topics each, as described below. Each person will see three presentations in their chose track, at 45 minutes per topic.

Red Track
Department of Photography
See original images by famous photographers i.e. Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Charlton Watkins, Steichen 

Menschel Library
GEM has an extensive photography book collection including Leo Godowsky's notebooks and Kodak contracts

Technology Vault
Attendees will go into the vast vault that contains thousands of items including Daguerreotype, Kodak, Leica, Hasselblad, Technicolor, and Skylab cameras as well as one-off and rare cameras and associated photography equipment. 

Green Track
Moving Image Department
GEM has an extensive collection of movies. The collection will be described and how films are restored and preserved 

A Movie Trip to Filmland, a motion picture tour of Kodak film manufacturing.  

Film Preservation Laboratory: The lab restores and creates new prints of vintage motion pictures. There will also be a tour of GEM's extensive movie stills collection. 

Blue Track  

George Eastman Legacy. Curator Kathy Connor is the most knowledgeable person on Mr. Eastman's life and accomplishments. She will be happy to answer questions and grateful to hear any stories you have. The collection has an enormous collection of artifacts and documents from Mr. Eastman's private and business life. 

The Kay Whitmore Conservation Lab The lab studies and protects photographic images. The techniques devised in the lab are state-of-the-art. 

Photography Workshop Program: Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth will demonstrate the techniques they have developed to make small scale and emulsions and coat them. They use these film of motion picture and still photography.  

If you wish to attend: 

1. Please reply with your first and second choice: 

2. Send your $10 check payable to Gary Fritz to: 

Gary Fritz
4325 Lake Road
Williamson NY 14589

Your reservation will be confirmed when your check is received by Gary

Each track can accommodate a maximum of 33 people (11 people in each of three topics in rotation). GEM can accommodate a maximum of 99 participants for this event so don't delay in in sending your check.

We expect that one or more of the tracks will "sell out" and we will do our best to at least get you into your second choice, but we cannot guarantee which track you will be assigned. All of the subjects are interesting, even the Library that has Leopold Godowsky documents.  

Enter GEM through the University Avenue entrance. When you arrive at GEM, you can pick up your name tag inside the University Avenue entrance. The name tag will identify which track you are assigned to and which topic you will see first.

There are four wheel chairs available.

Again, please reply to this email to indicate your first and second choice. Do not create a new email message for your reservation, as it will not be tracked properly.
Bob Shanebrook discovers 1962 Booklet on KRL Research Labs

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