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This section is for my "memorabilia", photostories that do not quite fit in with the other categories in these pages. Photo's stories are below each photo. They are roughly in chronological sequence.
This is the Powell family tree, painted on particle board in 1935. By tradition it is handed down from the first child to his/her first child each generation, and it happens I now have it since my mother Ethelyne passed away, she the prior first child of the first child series. It traces back to William Powell's arrival in 1685, from Wales.
Here is a page from my "Baby Book" my parents kept and I now have. Includes photograph of me being held by my mother.
Here is my mother's favorite photo of me, age 4. When she gave it to me soon before she passed away, she told me that she had the photograph taken partly to show a strange thing that I did, looking up and away when being asked a question that I had to figure out an answer to. She never learned the why of it, nor did I until a few years ago when learning of the phenomenon called "Asperger's Syndrome" which fits me well, and this photo showed i was already showing it at age 4. Looking away from a face allows me the mental space to focus on solving the question asked; the face is too much visual stimulation to leave room for thinking.
The above is my Mother's 5 year diary including covering the time I was born.
Opening a chest saved for me by my parents, and preserved by my oldest son Paul, items from my birth until leaving college.
As a youth I was obsessed with airplanes, here are some of my small plastic toys, including some I had modified.
Nice Navy Panther model.
One of the momentos I brought back from Mexico City in 1948 was this handcrafted item.
The above are some memorabilia from the 10 months I lived in Mexico City circa 12 years old.
Chemistry was one of my special interests up through High School; here is some of the surviving glassware
Bottom side of a small camping cast iron skillet.
When I was 9 years old, my parents bought me this X-acto wood carving set, which became my favorite tool. With it I made many models out of balsa wood. I still have the set, last I looked.
In more recent times i attempted to resurrect the Xacto logo as it was back in the 1940's, as shown here, derived from one of my remaining spare #11 blade packages. Many decades later I was to learn that the "X" shape strengthens the integrated functioning of the brain creative function, in my studies of Educational Kinesiology.
Here is one of the surviving models I made as a youth, carving with my Xacto knife set.
This is an old Morse Code key from WWII era, rusty so is why is still in my possession, probably. I had gotten it when in high school era.
Here is one of my Dad's small adjustable wrenches from way back.
Here is my photo in my senior year book from High School.
I began my college efforts as a Physics major, and eventually joined the American Institute of Physics. (Subsequent happenings such as severe Tinnitus, along with the Asperger's syndrome without a support system, and poverty level living, brought me down, changing to a Psychology major the last semester before dropping out of college. But I started off well, I learned a lot, and it left its mark.)
I began college by working part time at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, as part of the co-op program with the college. The above display of the Honest John, Nike, and Corporal were being tested there, FM/FM radio telemetry signals from them during their test flights were received and stored as part of my work there.
Unaware i had Asperger's Syndrome, I threw myself into situations, a learning technique I had always found worked for me, so as to learn how to be a social person. But the social group thing was not to be conquered by me. Joining a fraternity and living at the frat house, never had a chance due to Asperger's syndrome, the social wiring just is not there.
The one thing I finished in college was the full two years of Army ROTC, one of the few gaining Sergeant stripes, shown above along with my brass. Back then in the mid-1950's it was a requirement for all men attending a state college to complete the two years of ROTC, and I did it.
After dropping out of college, I traveled to Washington, DC, as I had read that they had the highest proportion of single women, and I needed a wife to go further in life; a wife is especially important to a man with Asperger's Syndrome so she can handle the social aspects of life. I got a job as a Museum Technician for 3 months at the Smithsonian Institution, handling the more technical stuff in an artist group making exhibits for a new area being built. I eventually left and returned to the West, not one date had been achieved; I did not know how to exist in a city without a car. I was impressed that my boss, Bela Bory, had been a Hungarian Freedom Fighter that had managed to escape to the US only to be hunted down and shot in the head; but he survived and was boss of the artist group there where I worked.
My bedside companion during high school (early 1950's) and later years was an already old Zenith multiband radio in a quite modern-looking wooden cabinet, given me by a family friend named Ed Turner. I struggled to save it over the years of living here and there, but finally the wooden chassis was destroyed by being stored outside in the rain, although I managed to save the electronics chassis as shown in the photo above, now sitting on my workbench.
Here is a closeup of some of the octal socket tubes in that Zenith radio; note that two of them shown here have metal outsides instead of glass, and have connections on their top as well as on their 8 pin socket below. I hope someday to find out how to clean the rust off. It cannot be restored functional because it had a big speaker using a huge electromagnet coil as part of it, and the coil also served as the choke in the power supply, and the speaker was lost along with the wooden chassis in the mid-1980's.
Since one of the present trends seems to indicate that people have forgotten, the above five graphics are a reminder from the 1960's, back when the Big Boys were threatening each other with nukes galore; everyone else lookout. I was trained to be a Radiation Monitor, and the above pages are from one of the training handouts. Home fallout shelters were shown, how to build them and stock with supplies, as well as what to do with less advance warning and preparation than even that. Like with earthquake preparation, it helps maintain a more rational mode, including during the surprise major distresses if they actually happen. Like the old Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared."
Although this momento is not in my possession, it being the reduced scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall, it lists my first cousin Freddy Nigh, an early casualty in the Vietnam war, lost during a rocket attack. Panel 43W; Sept 1968. As seen in July 2008 in the traveling exhibit.
My married years mostly used this 35 mm Bolsey camera, given by my parents who had used it previously. It was still my main camera up until my first digital camera.
The above is the final divorce decree paper from my former wife of 12 years, in 1974. I had thought all record of it has been lost during the traumatic decades since then; but fortunately I found this copy and so here it is, maybe to not get so lost again. NW D 40537; Los Angeles county NW ND Feb 28 74 213289.
Being a weekend daddy in the years following the divorce, one of the projects for us all to do was to cast shapes of concrete, using sand to fill in where the concrete was not, using buckets as the restraining container. Here is one of my experiments that has survived from circa 1973, that was made during that kind of activity in my apartment in Northridge, CA. The kids each took theirs back home with them at the end of the weekends.
Here is a photo set of my kids circa 1973, Paul, Dia, and Bryce.
I became a long time blood donor to the American Red Cross; the above is the filled in first donor card.
I was given the above framed recognition for my creative efforts resulting in a company patent; the document was given to me since the named author, Bob Abraham, said it really belonged to me. He was one of the best and most honest of the engineers i worked with the over the years. Authors were listed alphabetically, and his A was before my C.
Possibly the first certificate I received for training in the holistic arts is the one shown above, for completion of the basic course in Touch For Health, in 1979.
In the early 1980's I stumbled on an interesting solitaire game called "Star+Gate" (no relation to the TV series that came years later) which I often played during my solitary lunchtimes at work, stimulating my intuition.
The above is acknowledging my first 5 years employed at Shugart Associates, in Sunnyvale, CA. Sometimes folks have difficulty with my two middle initials, sometimes they pick the E or other times the D. This one got the E.
One of the rare times I received recognition was when I submitted the winning graphic design used on that year's annual Engineering Picnic T-shirt. So that picnic day all the engineering staff wore wine colored T-shirts which had my graphic, shown above, printed on their fronts.
this is one of my rare efforts at making clothing, which is my Halloween costume I originally made in the early 1980's (mostly using colorful cloth and felt, assembled with my trusty glue gun) and even last Halloween I wore it again to greet kids to hand out candy during the trick-or-treat event here. It still gets wide eyed looks from some of the smaller folks.
The above scan is of an original sheet which I used to decorate my coffee cup, such as when writing "Magnetic Footprints" http://www.escalatorhi.com/JimDabblingH/poetrytech.html and other technological poetry in 1984. The graphic was intended to be a creativity stimulus to get all parts of the mind working to provide innovative thinking. See the cup at http://www.escalatorhi.com/JimDabblingH/inscribecup.html
After Shurgart had to close the flexible disk drive part of the company (long story), with the last of my severance money I invested in a unique re-employment training given by Energetix International in San Francisco. The above is the graduation photo; I am in the lower right of the photo, eyes blinked shut as so often happens to me. Lots of drama happening in my life about then, far more than I could easily endure. But this photo shows one of the better times. The blue ribbon and medal unfortunately vanished somewhere, which I had received as being part of the winning team.
The above is the certificate I received for testifying before the National Commission on Space, in 1985, at the California Academy of Sciences Auditorium, in Golden Gate Park. I struggled with severe fear of public speaking, but endured it so as to provide my thoughts to the Commissioners there and to the audience. Looking back, this seems to have been the turning point for me, and I eventually went on to create and prepare and present formal technical conference papers at the Space Studies Institute (1995 and 1997), and the American Society of Civil Engineers space conferences (Albuquerque and Houston) 2000, 2002, and 2004, and others. The paper I gave to the National Commission on Space in 1985 can be read in the form of my first GEnie file, #475 "Space Inspiration," I put on the computer network in 1988, learning to use a 300 baud modem. See http://www.escalatorhi.com/GenieFilesH/gesp475.html
This is not an artifact exactly as it is a screenshot of what a favorite software produced, back when I had a 386-SX PC computer running DOS programs. This one was called "Synchonicity" and was an electronic version of the I Ching Book of Changes. The scene above is the part where one rests meditatively imagining being in that place. The software also amazingly used the computer's tiny speaker, normally used only for warning buzzes, somehow produced the sound of a babbling brook and frogs croaking, helping one imagine being in the tranquil scene.
In later years I started using Macintosh computers, and was delighted when finding a version of Synchronicity that ran on my Mac computer and had also been much improved, called "Oracle of Changes" by Paul O'Brien's group. the above screenshot is the equivalent scene to imagine oneself observing while relaxing into a meditative state before proceeding. Pity that a version was never made to run on the present-day OS-10 Mac software.
This too is a screenshot of a favorite software called "Thinking Things"
Here is a patch commemorating one of the successful flights of the Challenger Space Shuttle.
The above is my 1988 graphic attempting to describe my concept for economically building the classic wheel-shaped space station in low earth orbit, built entirely up there by teleoperated vehicles which launched the space station modules serving as their own fuel tanks for their launch, and would be assembled in the wheel shape with hub, before the first arrival of manned presence, thus greatly reducing the manned activity in spacesuits, costly and dangerous. I put the text in several versions in some files on the GEnie spaceport Library in 1989 such as http://www.escalatorhi.com/GenieFilesH/gesp1071.html and in 1995 presented my formal technical paper derived from my Centristation concept, at Princeton at the 1995 Space Studies Institute conference, my paper titled "Wet Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules", see http://www.escalatorhi.com/techscifi/wetlaunchofprefabhabitatmodules.html my first formal technical paper that was published as part of a space conference proceedings.
In the late 1980's and early 1990's I was a member of the all-volunteer staff of Meditation Magazine. We each were given cards to hand out, here is one of mine.
One of the matchmaking organizations I joined, named Amicus and was located in Glendale, CA, only actually connected me with a Pen Pal named Lana in Ukraine. We corresponded over about a decade but never met. The above is one of her envelopes.
Here is my first degree certification as a Lovestream Practitioner; eventually I gained the 4th degree level. The Energetix International group had advised me to use the nickname "Dave" instead of the "JED" one I had been using while at Shugart because there were seven "Jims" and "Tims" in the large room I worked at first and we could not tell who was being called; so when finally getting back to work in electronics after the Shugart layoff, I requested use of "Dave" as my nickname. But since then I have returned to my old nickname of "Jim."
The 1980's and 1990's were especially a time for me to discover holistic stuff. One of the most effective for me were the magnetic products sold by Japan Life (no longer in existence, as far as i can find on the net now) the major item was the 7 foot long magnetic mattress; the above is its label.
Here is the worn and weary magnetic mattress freshly cleaned up and put out n the sun, as per part of its instructions for freshening its function
The Japan Life magnetic mattress came with a pair of magnetic seat cushions, one shown above, the better shape remaining of the two. Skeptical of their potential at first but put one in my car anyway, I was amazed the first trip I took to Hemet to see my mother there, a trip that had always taken 2 and a half hours and left me exhausted by the time I arrived at their place, that when i arrived after the drive felt as fresh as when I started the drive! And the seat cushions continued to keep me fresh on my long commutes to and from work, and even on the longer trips, such as the 1200-mile trips (x2) to visit with Paul and his family. I have bought cheaper magnetic car seat cushions since then, but they do not seem nearly as effective as the originals were.
This is a photo of a throw-rug I still have in use in my home; it was made by my grandmother Inez, my mother's mother. Amazingly sturdy and colorful too, has been about 34 years since she passed away so the rug is at least that old. Made of her old clothing that was carefully twisted up and woven together with other pieces of old clothing.
This is a photo of one of Joel B. Wallach's "energy tools" which have fascinated me from back when he sold the first Activator. The things have grown bigger and more elaborate over the years, such as the one shown above.
Another of the holistic processes I studied in the early 1990's centered around use of "7 Gates" which were mandala artworks on glass and framed in copper, and each in turn was used in a meditative home study course. When it was done, one kept the set of 7 Gates which are all shown above, along with the cover of the instruction booklet. The top middle one, named "Purify", is the one I was working with at the time the Northridge earthquake struck 6 miles from where I was at.
The making of polyhedrons from toothpicks, using hot melt glue, began circa 1970 in Topanga, when i made a truss bridge of surprising strength and stiffness that way. Decades alter I became interested again in the more pure shapes such as the one shown above, entirely composed of equilateral triangles and thus of surprising stiffness. A few still survive; they took a lot of patience to make even with hot melt glue.
Here are a couple of my earlier Mac computers, as they are now set up in my garage; they still work.
Some of the few things I was able to bring from Hemet after my mother passed away, was a bunch of boxes of her collection of paintings, mostly framed. With a house of my own finally again, finding room on the walls of the tiny house to hang all those paintings has been a bit squeezed. On the left is the pastel by Helen Quinland, friend of my parents in Albuquerque.
Another surprise among mother's framed artworks was this photo of me, back when I was younger, probably early 1980's.
A long reliable instrument, this Fluke 75 digital multimeter was a birthday gift from my kids back in the early 1990's. It had been a manufacturer demo they were able to buy at a reduced price. I recall the occasion when it was given me: the kids had all come to town for my birthday, and we had gone in my old station wagon to exposition Park, where we wandered the museums and saw the IMax "The Dream Is Alive" movie about the Space shuttle currently grounded due to the Challenger's destruction; then having lunch on the tailgate of my station wagon, they gave me the Fluke 75. It has been often useful over the years, although the occasion of this photo was after i had moved the range dial too fast and mangled the wafer switch, and had just finished repairing it, thus the photo, in 2008.
As mention several pictures above, I got my first technical paper presented and published in 1995, in the book shown above. See photo below for my article in book. This was based on my 1989 GEnie files related to what I called then "Centristation."
The above book opened to page 88 and 89, showing my technical paper's start titled "Wet Launch of Prefab Habitat Modules" See http://www.escalatorhi.com/techscifi/wetlaunchofprefabhabitatmodules.html for the paper itself. I had to also provide camera ready copy using the SSI format involving two columns in most of the paper, and all I had that could do that was poster-making shareware software. It worked, as can be seen in the results above; but careful measurement in the actual book will show that the columns are not all of exactly same width.
While I was at the 1995 SSI conference at Princeton, NJ, a couple photos were taken, one of myself taken by a helpful person there, and unknown to me, another photo was taken at the same time from a different angle to my right side, and was subsequently published in a SSI newsletter. I have the two photos shown together above.
Two years later, in 1997, I was back at the next Space Studies Institute space conference at Princeton. This is one of the viewgraphs i used in that presentation, as is the one in the photo below. This time my subject was my main concept about Kinetic Energy Supported Transportation Structures; this viewgraph attempted to show the principle that strengthens and shapes the structure from energy stored circulating at high velocity within.
This is another of the viewgraphs i used in my 1997 presentation at the SSI space conference. However, this time I did not convince the folks there and they refused to publish my paper. (It was not until 2000 that I finally got a formal technical paper on the subject presented and published, by the ASCE; after all, it is more of a bridge than a free flying transportation system.)
I printed out my own handout cards for use when attending space conferences; here is a typical one.
Again not an artifact but a photo of my stepfather JB Peterson and my mother at Furrs Cafeteria. When I would drive over to hemet to visit on some weekends, one of the rituals was to go have dinner there, a special almost ritual event for them.
My mother never gave up trying to teach me to compete. Sometimes in her last years she would get me to play this dice game with her, as was happening in this photo. It was something she really enjoyed, so I would play the game if i could get myself to do it. This dice set is now stored in my garage and thus a momento, somewhere in all those boxes.
After being retired from electronics employment, eventually I went into volunteer work at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. One of the areas I worked in was the Marine Diversity Processing Center, of which this is a momento. For some photos of that activity, see NhmlacMbpc or http://www.escalatorhi.com/PhotoStories/nhmlacmbpc.html
This is neither mine nor an artifact; it is a favorite goldfish that belongs to my son Paul. The fish always would seem to beg for food whenever i was near and seemed to like me, a buddy to some extent when I visited his home over the years.
Building and testing HRClark-type "zappers" has been a special combination of my electronics experience and holistic interests. Here is the outside of my best design, built into a disposable food container. It featured a LED whose brightness was determined by the actual handhold current being discharged from the user; and a dual-duty-dycle capability. It has always seemed strange that I have been astonishingly healthy in general, during the dozen years that I have been doing my hobby research on such instruments and associated Clark protocols. My employers back before I retired, appreciated it even if unknowingly, they no longer having to pay me much sick leave; and I was always on the job while others were having their usual winter sick time off.
Here is the output voltage waveform of the above zapper under load, as displayed on my Instek OS-622B oscilloscope I bought at Sandy's Electronics in Canoga Park long ago. Such an oscilloscope is the eye for an electronics technician electrical view. Horizontal is the passing of time, left to right; and vertical is increase in voltage. The fast rise and fall time of the voltage between the higher and lower voltage parts of the waveform show as the tiniest streak up and down at those edges.
An old Tektronics 541 oscilloscope, a classic instrument; I had used ones similar to it in the late 1960's in electronics R&D. Built before the age of transistors and integrated circuits, so well made it worked until at least about - 2004? - when I gave it to my son Paul. When he moved he gave it back to me to evaluate and it was not working at that time in 2008. Originally the scope had been bought as part of a surplus electronics lot by one of the owners of VSE where I worked, an unwanted part that was then given as a Christmas present to a technician there John Jong, who said he was buying a new small scope so he gave this one to me about 1993. It is a portable scope because it has handles; note there are two handles, which clues one into how many people are needed to carry it very far.
I have to include a photo of my companion of recent years, Cecile Squawk Parakeet. Lady of the house, tyrant and bully, she rules the roost here. Sometimes she seems not as distant a relative of Tyranosaurus Rex as at other times; glad she is small and does not have teeth. At least she is low maintenance, doing her thing in exchange for birdseed.
Solar ovens seem to be a useful thing to have around, particularly during energy shortages, a zero-carbon-producing way to cook food. Here is one I made per plans found online, starting with a yard square of cardboard box material and some aluminum foil and tape. Although it can get sunny here at my place, there is no fence, so complicating factors of gusty winds, uncalibrated cooking temperature, tree shade, wandering neighbor pets and possibly mischievious neighbors make the use of such solar powered cooking not as attractive as it would seem. It mostly serves me as a creativity stimulus as I let my subconscious work on how to solve the problems involved. I recently bought an inexpensive non-contact IR Thermometer with which I ought to be able to measure the temperature of the cookware inside, so that is one step solved.
Putting some surplus solar power panels in the window charges up some batteries in my house. Not very efficient; yet does some charging OK. A long ways from Solar Power Plants being put into GEO; but some use of solar energy into electric power anyway.
Tiger Lillys galore decorate the north side of my house, colorful leftovers from prior owners of this place.
In my garage I have found my old TI-CC40 computer, which I bought to learn basic programming and eventually expanded to use sometimes on my engineering design job at Shugart in the early 1980's. I had kept it in AA batteries all these years as its programming was remembered only via battery power, not "non-volatile memory". New batteries only a couple of years ago when in Sunland, so was quite a surprise when looking at as stored in my garage here only to find the batteries found in it were massive piles of corrosion, can't figure out how that happened by itself. Anyway, all the programming was lost. I took it apart and cleaned the corrosion and put new batteries in and it seems to work fine again. but it remembers nothing, sadly.
Here is my trusty Macintosh iBook, originally bought in 2000 as backup for my all-important first formally published paper on KESTS to GEO in 2000. And it worked splendidly then as it still does 8 years later. It has seen me through many life adventures; and I have it taken apart three times for upgrades and thankfully it still works. Only recently my son Paul told me it was about the hardest Macintosh computer to work on. He had provided me the "take-apart" info that I had followed fairly easily although quite small components, used an eggcrate to segregate parts of various stages of disassembly which greatly helped in reassembly. Best part, each time together again, it worked, and no "spare parts" left over. And I still use it almost daily, although my main computer is a much newer and faster MacMinini used for most computer stuff nowadays, like the preparation of this page. But the 2000 iBook has seen me through many life adventures, particularly those involving my space transportation papers. Long ago I taped a title on it, including "Fulfilling Our Creativity Is A Sacred Trust", quote from Julia Cameron's "The Artists Way" process, which I did several times.
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