Thursday, October 30, 2008

Article in Metro

Gary Singh wrote the following article about the documentary in this week's (29-Oct-2008) Silicon Valley Metro newspaper:

Friday, October 3, 2008

HOW TO BUY

You can contact the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum www.heritageparkmuseum.org or you can order from me directly.
Just send me an email and I'll get one out to you (Fedex ground) for $25 for anywhere in the US (Apologies for being a bit pricey but I'm trying to recoup some duplication and music license costs, plus have you tried shipping anything lately?).  You can USMail me a check or use my PayPal name of "ben@apple.com". Thanks!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

DVDs Now At The Museum

DVD's now available at the new Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum!

www.heritageparkmuseum.org
570 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale CA 94087
408.749.0220
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday each day from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Located between the Sunnyvale Community Center and the adjoining orchard.

Monday, September 8, 2008

DVD Mastering Imminent

It's down to one parameter of how much color saturation to do during the encode of the main movie.  Replicator will be SF Video, quantity will be 1000, ISBN # 978-0-615-22565-4 .

Saturday, August 30, 2008

ALL THINGS IN TO FINISH

I put the music in, doing final tweaks on the overall audio mix (always hard to make sure the voiceover doesn't compete with the music and vice versa).

The Spanish translation got finished, so that's ready to put in this weekend.

This weekend I should be ready with the DVD master.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

DVD Cover Art

Tabitha Jacobsen of Shoreline Flying Club created the really cool Bessey illustration for the front cover of the DVD jacket.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

DVD CAPTIONS SCRIPT

// ECHO OF THE FUTURE: A TALE OF SUNNYVALE
// 408.223.2666
// 19-Apr-2008
// fully tested
// rev BesseyCaptions-LANGUAGE-1



// SPEAKING TALENT:
// AL = Al Hart = Eugene T. Sawyers text reading
// ALLEN = Allen Brown = Voiceover
// ANN = Ann Zarko = Interview
// BEN = Ben Koning = Incidental
// CHIYO = Chiyo Winters = Interview
// CRAIG = Craig Burnett = Joseph D. Cappa character reading
// JACK = Jack Rowe = Interview
// JOHAN = Johan Koning, Sr. = Incidental
// JUNE = June Oxford = Incidental
// MIKE = Michael S. Malone = Introduction
// PETE = Pete Zarko = Audio interview
// PETER = Peter Ebbing = Bank Of Italy Officer #2 character actor
// PJ = P. J. Stoppleworth = Early Sunnyvale Poultry Worker character reading
// RIC = Ric Forrester = Bank Of Italy Officer #1, Tom Lambert character actor
// TONY = Tony Maciejowski = Arthur E. Bessey, Murphy Party character actor

// NONSPEAKING TALENT:
// Monte Benaresh = Radio Shop employee character actor
// Thomas Buck = Radio Shop employee character actor
// James Burkhardt = Young Arthur E. Bessey character actor
// Francine Goebel = Murphy Party character actor
// Elisabeth Koning = Murphy Party character actor
// Dave Lyons = Voltaic Pile, iPhone, Radio Power Up character actor
// Mallika Padmanabhan = iPod Girl character actor

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// CHAPTER = It's Been My Privilege = 1 = 00:00:00;00

// MIKE:

00:00:02;27 , 00:00:04;20 ,Hi, I'm Mike Malone.

00:00:04;20 , 00:00:09;05 ,For 30 years now as a journalist|it's been my privilege to cover Silicon Valley.

00:00:09;05 , 00:00:11;27 ,Now we often celebrate the great successes.

00:00:11;27 , 00:00:15;08 ,Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Apple and Google.

00:00:15;08 , 00:00:18;11 ,But it may be the stories|of the thousands of failures,

00:00:18;11 , 00:00:21;26 ,the companies that didn't make it,|that have the most to teach us

00:00:21;26 , 00:00:25;06 ,about what makes Silicon Valley|so remarkable.

00:00:25;06 , 00:00:29;06 ,And there is no story more|interesting, and yet less told,

00:00:29;06 , 00:00:32;19 ,than that of Bessey's|Radio Shop in Sunnyvale.

00:00:32;19 , 00:00:37;00 ,It may in fact be Silicon|Valley's very first startup company.

00:00:37;00 , 00:00:39;26 ,Twenty years before|Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard

00:00:39;26 , 00:00:42;06 ,moved into their Palo Alto garage.

00:00:42;06 , 00:00:45;09 ,It's a story that has|only recently been uncovered

00:00:45;09 , 00:00:48;15 ,as my hometown has|rediscovered its own past.

00:00:48;15 , 00:00:49;17 ,So stick around.

00:00:49;17 , 00:00:52;07 ,I think you're going to find this|very interesting.

// OPENING CREDITS

// CHAPTER = You Have Visitors! = 2 = 00:02:39;29

// PETER:

00:03:12;10 , 00:03:15;00 ,Well it's going to still be a shock to him.

// RIC:

00:03:15;01 , 00:03:19;01 ,Well, of course, he's worked so hard|and it's hard to admit failure.

00:03:19;01 , 00:03:22;15 ,But sometimes, that's just the way life is.

// PETER:

00:03:22;16 , 00:03:25;00 ,I've gone through a number of those, uh ...

// RIC:

00:03:25;00 , 00:03:29;06 ,Well, it's one of those days,|that you never look forward to ...

00:03:29;06 , 00:03:33;13 ,Hopefully this will be short, sweet,|and we can move on.

// PETER:

00:03:33;13 , 00:03:36;11 ,I certainly hope so.

// RIC:

00:03:36;12 , 00:03:37;15 ,Mr. Bessey!

00:03:37;15 , 00:03:41;19 ,^IYou have visitors!^I

00:03:41;19 , 00:03:42;06 ,Let's do this.

// PETER:

00:03:42;06 , 00:03:43;23 ,Open it up.

00:03:46;23 , 00:03:49;05 ,Mr. Bessey?

00:03:49;05 , 00:03:50;26 ,Bessey?

// TONY:

00:03:54;06 , 00:03:56;10 ,^IYeah, yeah ...^I

// PETER, TONY:

00:03:56;10 , 00:03:58;26 ,Mr. Bessey.|^II can't get this local oscillator to track.^I

// PETER:

00:03:58;26 , 00:04:00;21 ,Mr. Bessey.

// TONY:

00:04:00;21 , 00:04:02;26 ,Yes?

// RIC:

00:04:04;17 , 00:04:08;24 ,Bear with me, sir.|Are you Arthur E. Bessey?

// TONY:

00:04:08;24 , 00:04:09;24 ,Yes I am.

// RIC:

00:04:09;24 , 00:04:11;15 ,And this is the Radio Shop?

// TONY:

00:04:11;15 , 00:04:12;26 ,Yes it is.

// RIC:

00:04:12;26 , 00:04:15;27 ,I want you to listen to me very carefully.

00:04:15;27 , 00:04:19;01 ,I have many important investors| to answer to.

00:04:19;01 , 00:04:20;17 ,And bankers.

00:04:20;17 , 00:04:23;05 ,And the board of directors.

00:04:23;05 , 00:04:27;10 ,Unfortunately, sir, you have failed|to meet their expectations.

00:04:27;10 , 00:04:28;21 ,So at this time,

00:04:28;21 , 00:04:32;00 ,it is necessary|that we foreclose upon you,

00:04:32;00 , 00:04:34;07 ,and you must cease operations.

00:04:34;07 , 00:04:36;29 ,Please look at these papers.

00:04:36;29 , 00:04:41;15 ,I want you to read them.|I want you to understand them.

00:04:41;15 , 00:04:43;17 ,And then sign them.

00:04:43;17 , 00:04:46;16 ,And cease operations here!

00:04:46;16 , 00:04:48;01 ,Do you understand me?

// TONY:

00:04:48;01 , 00:04:49;17 ,Yes I do.

// RIC:

00:04:49;17 , 00:04:51;16 ,Good.

// CHAPTER = East Coast, West Coast = 3 = 00:05:00;08

// ALLEN:

00:05:06;19 , 00:05:09;04 ,Sunnyvale, California.

00:05:09;04 , 00:05:14;25 ,The very "Heart of Silicon Valley".

00:05:14;25 , 00:05:22;08 ,A powerhouse of research, talent, and|raw guts like nowhere else in the world.

00:05:23;20 , 00:05:25;28 ,Its list of technological achievements

00:05:25;28 , 00:05:33;06 ,is as long as the 101 freeway|that runs through its industrial core.

00:05:33;06 , 00:05:35;14 ,Biotechnology.

00:05:35;14 , 00:05:37;24 ,Internet infrastructure.

00:05:37;24 , 00:05:41;29 ,The birth of video games.

00:05:41;29 , 00:05:46;18 ,The invention of the personal computer.

00:05:46;18 , 00:05:49;29 ,The brains of the Space Shuttle.

00:05:49;29 , 00:05:53;00 ,Top-secret cold-war research.

00:05:56;16 , 00:05:59;00 ,The city's adventures in high technology

00:05:59;00 , 00:06:05;00 ,are normally assumed to have|started no earlier than the 1950s.

00:06:07;04 , 00:06:10;14 ,But buried in this little museum,|lay evidence,

00:06:10;14 , 00:06:13;28 ,that even in the first decades|of the 20th century,

00:06:13;28 , 00:06:20;15 ,the pleasant little orchard town was|already well on its way to electronic fame.

00:06:28;15 , 00:06:30;18 ,Electricity is a discovery

00:06:30;18 , 00:06:34;18 ,as important as fire and the wheel.

00:06:34;18 , 00:06:38;07 ,But it would not lead|to the miracle of electronics

00:06:38;07 , 00:06:42;23 ,until the race began|to perfect just one thing:

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00:06:44;29 , 00:06:49;15 ,The radio.

00:06:58;20 , 00:07:01;24 ,All pioneering radio work|is usually assumed to have

00:07:01;24 , 00:07:08;00 ,taken place|in the Eastern United States.

00:07:11;13 , 00:07:16;16 ,But in 1909, Charles Herrold,|using an arc transmitter of his own design,

00:07:16;16 , 00:07:21;25 ,began regular broadcasts from San Jose.

00:07:21;25 , 00:07:24;25 ,And in 1913, Lee DeForest joined the

00:07:24;25 , 00:07:29;22 ,Palo Alto - based Federal Telegraph|Company to perfect the vacuum tube.

00:07:38;27 , 00:07:41;16 ,The late Jack Rowe was a retired engineer

00:07:41;16 , 00:07:43;16 ,and licensed radio amateur

00:07:43;16 , 00:07:48;04 ,who had lived in Sunnyvale since 1960.

00:07:48;04 , 00:07:50;19 ,As a manager of many projects|supporting the city's

00:07:50;19 , 00:07:53;09 ,top-secret Onizuka Air Force Station,

00:07:53;09 , 00:07:56;13 ,he made electronics his life's work.

00:07:58;27 , 00:08:01;02 ,Aware of DeForest and Herrold,

00:08:01;02 , 00:08:06;15 ,Jack discovered another|Silicon Valley radio connection.

// JACK:

00:08:07;10 , 00:08:12;02 ,I was helping at the electronic|museum at Foothill College years ago

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00:08:12;02 , 00:08:16;25 ,when they were being evicted|by the school board.

00:08:16;25 , 00:08:20;27 ,And while we were packing things|I noticed they had a radio in their

00:08:20;27 , 00:08:24;29 ,warehouse area, that said|it was made in Sunnyvale,

00:08:24;29 , 00:08:29;18 ,at The Radio Shop, which I|had never heard of at that time.

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00:08:29;18 , 00:08:34;22 ,And then later I had an opportunity|to go to the Sunnyvale little museum,

00:08:34;22 , 00:08:37;19 ,and there they had a picture of a building

00:08:37;19 , 00:08:40;16 ,where the Radio Shop --|radios had been built

00:08:40;16 , 00:08:43;06 ,back in early times.

// CHAPTER = The Only Photograph = 00:08:42;28

// ALLEN:

00:08:46;06 , 00:08:48;26 ,Twenty-five years before the Varian brothers

00:08:48;26 , 00:08:51;23 ,and Hewlett-Packard would launch|the Silicon Valley --

00:08:51;23 , 00:08:58;02 ,it had already hosted a mass producer|of consumer electronics.

00:09:03;01 , 00:09:06;19 ,This is the only known photograph of|The Radio Shop

00:09:06;19 , 00:09:12;15 ,that once stood at|229 North Sunnyvale Avenue.

00:09:17;10 , 00:09:20;19 ,When Jack started asking|about the picture's origin,

00:09:20;19 , 00:09:24;01 ,no one knew anything about it.

00:09:24;01 , 00:09:28;00 ,So he started doing his own research.

00:09:31;19 , 00:09:34;16 ,Beyond the local library and the Internet,

00:09:34;16 , 00:09:41;15 ,his search took him to the archives|of Sunnyvale's Historical Society.

00:09:42;29 , 00:09:47;28 ,But finding The Radio Shop|would not be easy.

00:09:52;20 , 00:09:58;18 ,The City of Sunnyvale is located|40 miles south of San Francisco.

00:09:59;13 , 00:10:04;29 ,The land is among the most|fertile on the planet.

00:10:04;29 , 00:10:11;22 ,Its climate makes it one of the|most desirable homes in the world.

00:10:18;09 , 00:10:21;23 ,Spanish missionaries|arriving in the mid-1800's

00:10:21;23 , 00:10:25;15 ,encountered the Native American|Ohlone Tribe, whom they called

00:10:25;15 , 00:10:30;15 ,^IcosteƱos^I -- people of the coast.

00:10:31;21 , 00:10:35;21 ,The first successful wagon crossing|of the Sierra Nevada Mountains

00:10:35;21 , 00:10:39;15 ,was led by Elisha Stephens.

00:10:39;15 , 00:10:43;15 ,It brought the Murphy family into California.

00:10:50;01 , 00:10:56;26 ,They made their home at the|southern tip of the San Francisco Bay.

00:10:56;26 , 00:11:01;09 ,Efficient farming machinery and extensive|land holdings made the Murphys

00:11:01;09 , 00:11:03;15 ,one of the richest families in the world.

00:11:07;08 , 00:11:11;05 ,But the Great Depression and|increasing regulatory complexities

00:11:11;05 , 00:11:17;12 ,compelled later generations|to sell off their land.

00:11:17;12 , 00:11:25;05 ,The most eager buyer was Walter E.|Crossman. And he was a maverick.

00:11:25;05 , 00:11:30;12 ,Ahead of his time, he was a developer,|as we now know the term.

00:11:30;12 , 00:11:36;03 ,Obtaining large lots and sub-dividing|them into many individual homes.

// CHIYO:

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00:11:37;03 , 00:11:39;29 ,Crossman invited people to come|here to live among the orchards.

00:11:39;29 , 00:11:41;21 ,And they came because the work was here!

00:11:41;21 , 00:11:43;09 ,Because we had two canneries --

00:11:43;09 , 00:11:46;01 ,We had the Sunnyvale Cannery|which later became Shuckl,

00:11:46;01 , 00:11:47;01 ,Shuckl's Cannery.

00:11:47;01 , 00:11:51;14 ,And we had Libby's, which came in 1906

00:11:51;14 , 00:11:53;15 ,to take advantage of the fruit that was here.

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// CHAPTER = Entrepreneurs From Canada = 5 = 00:13:02;04

00:11:58;00 , 00:12:02;04 ,January 25th, 1898.

00:12:02;04 , 00:12:09;24 ,Crossman sketches this pencil drawing|which will forever define the town's layout.

00:12:09;24 , 00:12:15;25 ,His vision is nothing less than|to bootstrap an entire city from scratch.

00:12:19;05 , 00:12:27;14 ,In 1906, Crossman buys additional|land from Mary Ann Murphy Carroll.

00:12:27;14 , 00:12:31;10 ,One small piece of it is a 5-acre|lot that he sells to a lady

00:12:31;10 , 00:12:35;04 ,named Ada E. Bessey.

00:12:39;00 , 00:12:44;00 ,Ada's husband, Albert W. Bessey,|owns the Jubilee Incubator Company

00:12:44;00 , 00:12:51;17 ,near the San Jose - San Francisco|railway line.

00:12:51;17 , 00:12:55;18 ,It is here, where the region's|first commercial venture in the field

00:12:55;18 , 00:13:00;15 ,of consumer electronics will be born.

00:13:04;28 , 00:13:11;00 ,Albert W. Bessey was born in Canada.

00:13:11;00 , 00:13:15;18 ,He patented a chicken incubator design|that ensured consistent results

00:13:15;18 , 00:13:21;23 ,with greatly reduced risk of fire.

// JACK:

00:13:21;23 , 00:13:27;16 ,It was a safer and more controllable method|of keeping the chicks and the eggs,

00:13:27;16 , 00:13:31;02 ,depending on which half|of the project you were on,

00:13:31;02 , 00:13:34;09 ,from being damaged by|runaway heat or fires.

00:13:34;09 , 00:13:35;22 ,It was a hot water process,

00:13:35;22 , 00:13:40;18 ,versus others that were|things just like kerosine heaters.

// ALLEN:

00:13:46;17 , 00:13:52;09 ,Bessey's self-regulating poultry incubators|were in demand the world over.

// PJ:

00:13:54;11 , 00:13:58;08 ,I know there's money in the poultry business.

00:13:58;08 , 00:13:59;25 ,Because I've put a lot of it in,

00:13:59;25 , 00:14:03;06 ,and I haven't seen any|come out as of yet!

00:14:03;06 , 00:14:07;07 ,Joe, early Sunnyvale poultry worker.

// AL:

00:14:07;07 , 00:14:09;11 ,The Jubilee Incubator|and the Jubilee Brooder

00:14:09;11 , 00:14:12;08 ,have been made famous|because of their hot water system.

00:14:12;08 , 00:14:15;09 ,And they are not only|shipped in every state in the union,

00:14:15;09 , 00:14:18;16 ,but Australia, New Zealand,|Japan, Africa, China,

00:14:18;16 , 00:14:22;04 ,and other foreign countries|have also ordered liberally.

00:14:22;04 , 00:14:27;29 ,Eugene T. Sawyers,|History of Santa Clara County, 1922.

// ALLEN:

00:14:32;02 , 00:14:34;18 ,Albert had a son:

00:14:34;18 , 00:14:37;11 ,Arthur E. Bessey.

00:14:37;11 , 00:14:42;17 ,He was known to friends|and family as Art.

00:14:42;17 , 00:14:45;12 ,Art was born in St. Catharines, Ontario,

00:14:45;12 , 00:14:49;08 ,and was 6 years old|when the family moved to California,

00:14:49;08 , 00:14:54;15 ,soon to settle in Sunnyvale.

00:14:54;15 , 00:14:58;02 ,The junior Bessey came of age|to help in the family business

00:14:58;02 , 00:15:04;03 ,and eventually joined the city's political elite.

00:15:04;03 , 00:15:05;27 ,He served as the first West Coast

00:15:05;27 , 00:15:10;28 ,director of the|American Radio Relay League.

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00:15:11;15 , 00:15:14;02 ,This organization was enormously influential

00:15:14;02 , 00:15:19;07 ,in the early years of American broadcasting.

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00:15:19;24 , 00:15:24;21 ,Then, in 1920, Arthur E. Bessey|went into business as:

00:15:24;21 , 00:15:27;24 ,The Radio Shop.

00:15:27;24 , 00:15:33;06 ,His partner was a man named Tom Lambert.

// JACK:

00:15:33;06 , 00:15:38;09 ,There was a Tom Lambert that was working|with Bessey and I have not found proof

00:15:38;09 , 00:15:43;06 ,of what his role was, but it's believed|he was probably an engineer

00:15:43;06 , 00:15:45;03 ,and a technical specialist

00:15:45;03 , 00:15:46;17 ,as was Bessey,

00:15:46;17 , 00:15:51;18 ,but Bessey was probably more involved|with marketing and business matters.

// ALLEN:

00:15:53;13 , 00:15:58;14 ,The Radio Shop was the first end-user|electronics firm in what would be known

00:15:58;14 , 00:16:02;05 ,as Silicon Valley 50 years later.

00:16:08;07 , 00:16:13;13 ,There is little doubt that the incubator|business provided the startup money.

00:16:13;13 , 00:16:16;11 ,That makes Bessey, Sr. the area's first

00:16:16;11 , 00:16:20;24 ,homegrown, high-tech venture capitalist.

00:16:23;14 , 00:16:25;29 ,And this was their product.

00:16:28;19 , 00:16:35;17 ,A gateway to the mysterious new magic|of wireless news and entertainment.

00:16:46;10 , 00:16:51;09 ,It was excellent at|pulling in far-away stations.

00:16:51;09 , 00:16:52;29 ,It was battery-powered,

00:16:52;29 , 00:16:58;08 ,a necessity, because home|electricity was still a rare luxury.

00:16:58;08 , 00:17:01;00 ,And it fit on a desktop.

00:17:01;00 , 00:17:05;15 ,For its time, it was downright portable.

// CHAPTER = Silicon Valley Garage = 6 = 00:17:07;05

00:17:09;00 , 00:17:12;09 ,In a Silicon Valley garage, Jack|showed us his collection

00:17:12;09 , 00:17:16;12 ,of Radio Shop sets|and explained how they worked.

// JACK:

00:17:17;16 , 00:17:21;06 ,The inside of this, the simplest radio

00:17:21;06 , 00:17:25;07 ,is just very few components,

00:17:25;07 , 00:17:28;02 ,far fewer than would be in a radio today,

00:17:28;02 , 00:17:30;11 ,but with almost the same sensitivity.

00:17:30;11 , 00:17:32;19 ,There were other disadvantages that

00:17:32;19 , 00:17:34;21 ,were inherent to the design,

00:17:34;21 , 00:17:38;10 ,but they weren't important in that era.


// ALLEN:

00:17:38;10 , 00:17:40;04 ,Compared to a modern design,

00:17:40;04 , 00:17:45;04 ,it is amazing how stripped-down|the circuitry used to be.

00:17:54;01 , 00:17:55;13 ,In the simplest radios,

00:17:55;13 , 00:17:59;26 ,we can easily see all|parts and their functions.

// JACK:

00:17:59;26 , 00:18:02;25 ,It has a tuning capacitor

00:18:02;25 , 00:18:08;25 ,that selects the stations|if there was more than one in your area.

00:18:08;25 , 00:18:12;21 ,This is part of the tuned circuit;|this is the inductor portion of it.

00:18:12;21 , 00:18:15;07 ,It, and the capacitor that we just looked at

00:18:15;07 , 00:18:17;25 ,provide the frequency selection and

00:18:17;25 , 00:18:20;18 ,in addition, the tuned coil also has

00:18:20;18 , 00:18:22;18 ,what's called a tickler coil

00:18:22;18 , 00:18:27;09 ,that provides the feedback path|to give the sensitivity.

00:18:27;09 , 00:18:32;22 ,And of course the one tube|that makes all of it happen.

// ALLEN:

00:18:35;29 , 00:18:39;05 ,To peek inside|one of the more complicated units,

00:18:39;05 , 00:18:46;01 ,we first used an|aircraft engine inspection scope.

00:18:46;01 , 00:18:50;21 ,What we saw would be economically|impossible today.

00:18:50;21 , 00:18:55;07 ,Costly, labor-intensive point-to-point wiring.

00:18:55;07 , 00:19:01;05 ,Handcrafted, three-dimensional assembly.

00:19:01;05 , 00:19:07;14 ,In contrast, modern construction|is flat, automatic, and inexpensive.

00:19:07;14 , 00:19:13;13 ,More like printing a book|than making a model.

00:19:13;13 , 00:19:18;19 ,Retired chip engineer Johan Koning|extensively discussed these early techniques

00:19:18;19 , 00:19:21;19 ,with Jack.

00:19:21;19 , 00:19:25;29 ,It turned out we did not need the scope.

// JACK:

00:19:25;29 , 00:19:28;05 ,... a little battery the size of a small pack

00:19:28;05 , 00:19:30;17 ,of cigarettes and it had terminals|sticking out the end

00:19:30;17 , 00:19:35;29 ,that went into these connections|right here automatically.

00:19:35;29 , 00:19:38;21 ,Kind of shows you what kind|of a mechanic people had to be

00:19:38;21 , 00:19:41;29 ,to have a simple radio.

// JOHAN:

00:19:41;29 , 00:19:45;10 ,Because you have here, what, one,|two, three, four,

00:19:45;10 , 00:19:47;20 ,five terminals for batteries --

00:19:47;20 , 00:19:48;25 ,-- plus this one.

// JACK:

00:19:48;25 , 00:19:51;19 ,Because the detector|took a relatively low voltage,

00:19:51;19 , 00:19:53;20 ,and the first audio|took a little more voltage,

00:19:53;20 , 00:19:55;06 ,and the last audio even more.

// JOHAN:

00:19:55;06 , 00:19:57;29 ,Right.

// ALLEN:

00:20:01;00 , 00:20:07;10 ,The Radio Shop was said to|produce up to 150 units per day.

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00:20:10;28 , 00:20:16;09 ,At its peak, it employed about 125 workers.

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00:20:22;01 , 00:20:27;24 ,Sporting a lidded box, it cost $75 in 1921.

00:20:27;24 , 00:20:32;17 ,Tubes, batteries, and a speaker|added another $50.

00:20:32;17 , 00:20:39;02 ,Total in today's money: about $1400.

00:20:43;15 , 00:20:47;28 ,The set was quite sensitive|but developed a notorious reputation

00:20:47;28 , 00:20:51;28 ,for radiating interference.

00:20:56;16 , 00:21:00;29 ,Making the receivers alone|was not enough for the Junior Bessey.

00:21:00;29 , 00:21:03;10 ,Driven by hobby and ambition,

00:21:03;10 , 00:21:08;15 ,he ventured toward the other|end of the airwaves as well.

// JACK:

00:21:10;22 , 00:21:14;18 ,The Radio Shop had a broadcast station.

00:21:14;18 , 00:21:16;06 ,Its call letters that were assigned

00:21:16;06 , 00:21:18;26 ,when call letters were assigned eventually

00:21:18;26 , 00:21:20;27 ,was KJJ.

00:21:20;27 , 00:21:25;19 ,And it was in operation|from about 1921 to 1923.

00:21:25;19 , 00:21:28;26 ,It's likely it did not even have|a studio or a microphone.

00:21:28;26 , 00:21:32;21 ,It probably only played records.

// ALLEN:

00:21:46;16 , 00:21:47;15 ,The U.S. Government

00:21:47;15 , 00:21:56;13 ,licensed KJJ as the 23rd|broadcast station on December 20, 1921.

00:21:56;13 , 00:22:01;14 ,With 500 watts of power,|it was located at 360 meters,

00:22:01;14 , 00:22:07;28 ,or about 830 kHz, on the AM radio dial.

00:22:07;28 , 00:22:11;02 ,A newspaper called ^IRadio Digest Illustrated^I

00:22:11;02 , 00:22:17;18 ,listed schedules and|provided a forum for enthusiasts.

00:22:17;18 , 00:22:20;29 ,In the January 27, 1923 edition,

00:22:20;29 , 00:22:23;26 ,a Charles N. Schwab, of Grinnell, Iowa,

00:22:23;26 , 00:22:29;20 ,reported receiving KJJ|from over 1500 miles away.

00:22:41;01 , 00:22:46;21 ,Unfortunately, the Bessey|family's good times were short-lived.

00:22:46;21 , 00:22:53;01 ,Silicon Valley's future cut-throat|competition was about to be foreshadowed.

// CHAPTER = Radio Was Booming = 7 = 00:22:55;15

00:23:05;06 , 00:23:08;00 ,Radio was booming.

00:23:08;00 , 00:23:09;18 ,The government had just increased

00:23:09;18 , 00:23:15;13 ,the number of channels from two|to more than 100.

00:23:17;11 , 00:23:25;12 ,Picking out one station from all the|others became increasingly impossible.

00:23:25;12 , 00:23:32;08 ,Advertisements in the 1920s were|full of remedies that didn't really work.

00:23:32;08 , 00:23:36;05 ,And the more knobs the better.

00:23:38;05 , 00:23:43;04 ,An officer in the US Army Signal Corps,|Maj. Edwin Howard Armstrong,

00:23:43;04 , 00:23:48;09 ,found the solution used in|almost every single wireless device

00:23:48;09 , 00:23:51;19 ,to this day.

00:23:51;19 , 00:23:56;07 ,The new technology was called ^Isuperheterodyne^I.

00:23:56;07 , 00:24:00;01 ,It spelled the end|of radio's experimental period

00:24:00;01 , 00:24:04;28 ,and the end of The Radio Shop.

// JACK:

00:24:04;28 , 00:24:08;29 ,They never modernized|beyond the basic design.

00:24:08;29 , 00:24:12;09 ,Regenerative, and at best fancy cabinets

00:24:12;09 , 00:24:17;23 ,and maybe some amplifiers|that would drive a simple speaker.

// ALLEN:

00:24:17;23 , 00:24:22;12 ,Bessey had licensed earlier designs|from Armstrong simply by buying him a few

00:24:22;12 , 00:24:28;09 ,drinks at a Ham Radio|convention in Chicago.

00:24:28;09 , 00:24:32;03 ,Such days were now over.

00:24:34;28 , 00:24:38;17 ,One of the first things to go|was the radio station.

00:24:38;17 , 00:24:42;06 ,On June 16, 1923,|the Department of Commerce

00:24:42;06 , 00:24:47;00 ,deleted KJJ's license from its records.

00:24:50;23 , 00:24:54;19 ,And family tragedy struck as well.

// JACK:

00:24:57;04 , 00:24:59;25 ,Arthur Bessey's father

00:24:59;25 , 00:25:03;11 ,was ill at the this time,|toward the end of the Radio Shop era,

00:25:03;11 , 00:25:06;17 ,and I think Arthur Bessey himself

00:25:06;17 , 00:25:10;02 ,was going to have to help|run the chicken incubator business,

00:25:10;02 , 00:25:14;02 ,which lasted until 1930.

// ALLEN:

00:25:14;02 , 00:25:20;04 ,In a final effort, Bessey started|applying the ^IEchophone^I brand name.

00:25:20;04 , 00:25:25;06 ,The Echophone Company contracted|with a number of radio shops.

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00:25:25;06 , 00:25:33;11 ,It was based in Chicago in a|building that now houses this music store.

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00:25:34;26 , 00:25:38;03 ,Echophone later became ^IHallicrafters^I,

00:25:38;03 , 00:25:44;00 ,the classic maker of amateur|and military radio equipment.

00:25:47;11 , 00:25:53;12 ,But the Sunnyvale operation|would not make it past 1925.

00:26:00;07 , 00:26:06;26 ,We wanted to see if any evidence|of Bessey survives to this day.

00:26:06;26 , 00:26:11;12 ,Is anything left over from his enterprise?

00:26:11;12 , 00:26:16;17 ,Amazingly, many Radio Shop sets|remain in circulation.

00:26:16;17 , 00:26:23;14 ,We know this because we have seen|many units for sale by collectors on-line.

00:26:23;14 , 00:26:29;12 ,Antique as they are, they|still play today's broadcasts.

00:26:29;12 , 00:26:33;01 ,Unlike the computers|and operating systems of today,

00:26:33;01 , 00:26:39;15 ,that's compatibility spanning over 90 years.

// CHAPTER = What Makes It Work = 8 = 00:26:43;26

// JACK:

00:26:44;25 , 00:26:46;09 ,The thing that makes a radio work

00:26:46;09 , 00:26:51;20 ,goes way back to about 1900|and to some extent before that.

00:26:51;20 , 00:26:53;18 ,That technology is still used today;

00:26:53;18 , 00:26:58;23 ,it's just the method that it's used|that has become different over the years.

00:26:58;23 , 00:27:02;02 ,I, for example, have radios that will hide

00:27:02;02 , 00:27:03;17 ,in the palm of your hand.

00:27:03;17 , 00:27:05;21 ,But the way they work|is not very much different

00:27:05;21 , 00:27:07;24 ,than the way they did in 1920

00:27:07;24 , 00:27:10;28 ,when the Radio Shop|was being built and used.

// ALLEN:

00:27:42;02 , 00:27:47;10 ,We wanted to power up|and listen to an Echophone radio.

00:27:47;10 , 00:27:50;25 ,Would it still work?

00:27:55;00 , 00:28:01;14 ,We had to go outside|and put up a long, wire antenna.

00:28:08;28 , 00:28:15;11 ,Then we pounded a good|earth stake into the ground ...

// BEN:

00:28:15;11 , 00:28:18;19 ,OK, I put the antenna on outside ...

// ALLEN:

00:28:18;19 , 00:28:21;27 ,We provided the radio with|three separate power sources,

00:28:21;27 , 00:28:25;25 ,while listening through poor-sounding|and uncomfortable headphones.

// BEN:

00:28:25;25 , 00:28:28;28 ,Power it up now ...

// ALLEN:

00:28:44;23 , 00:28:54;17 ,Here is hardware nearly a century old,|playing today's transmissions.

00:28:54;17 , 00:29:02;28 ,Aside from the radio sets themselves,|rather little evidence remains.

00:29:02;28 , 00:29:09;17 ,This tool was used to create nameplates|on the units just prior to shipping.

00:29:09;17 , 00:29:14;00 ,Bessey's employees|wore badges such as this one.

00:29:14;00 , 00:29:16;28 ,It had a thumbprint|and signature on the back,

00:29:16;28 , 00:29:22;16 ,and similar tokens|were used to check out tools.

00:29:22;16 , 00:29:29;14 ,This badge belonged to Pete Zarko,|shown here in later years.

00:29:29;14 , 00:29:36;03 ,At 17 years old,|The Radio Shop was his first job.

00:29:36;03 , 00:29:39;14 ,Later, he would build|Liberty Ship engines for World War II

00:29:39;14 , 00:29:44;14 ,at Sunnyvale's Hendy Iron Works.

00:29:48;29 , 00:29:52;13 ,Pete was survived by his wife,|Ann Lopin Zarko,

00:29:52;13 , 00:29:58;10 ,who at age 96 remained|active in civic affairs.

// These following little sentences from Ann's interview were the
// "tail that wagged the dog": they are what led to my involvement
// with Jack and the creation of this video.

// ANN:

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00:29:58;10 , 00:30:01;27 ,My husband worked there|when he was about 17 years old.

00:30:01;27 , 00:30:04;17 ,He got a job there

00:30:04;17 , 00:30:09;08 ,and he worked there|until they closed in 1925.

00:30:09;08 , 00:30:12;10 ,Assembling these little radios.

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00:30:12;10 , 00:30:16;28 ,You know there's nothing really|written about them or anything.

00:30:16;28 , 00:30:20;06 ,People didn't have electricity even.

00:30:20;06 , 00:30:22;29 ,And it was run on a battery,

00:30:22;29 , 00:30:26;03 ,a great big battery of some kind.

// ALLEN:

00:30:35;24 , 00:30:42;02 ,On May 2nd, 1978, Pete Zarko|was interviewed by June Oxford.

00:30:42;02 , 00:30:46;19 ,This damaged tape contains|the only known recording of Mr. Zarko.

// RESTORED FROM POOR AUDIO FROM CASSETTE TAPE WITH NATURAL SUBTITLES

// JUNE:

00:30:46;19 , 00:30:48;07 ,^IWhat did you do?^I

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// PETE:

00:30:48;07 , 00:30:52;02 ,Well I worked at the machine shop|part of the time

00:30:52;02 , 00:30:55;28 ,and assembled different parts.

00:30:55;28 , 00:30:57;03 ,Some of them had a car battery.

00:30:57;03 , 00:30:58;09 ,Some of them had|what you called an

00:30:58;09 , 00:31:01;24 ,"A" battery,|"B" battery,|and "C" battery.

00:31:01;24 , 00:31:04;18 ,You had to charge them.

00:31:04;18 , 00:31:08;17 ,The larger ones|wouldn't charge nearly as far.

00:31:08;17 , 00:31:10;21 ,Quite a nuisance.

00:31:10;21 , 00:31:14;26 ,When electricity came out,|and you know the electric

00:31:14;26 , 00:31:18;02 ,radios came out, and he still

00:31:18;02 , 00:31:20;06 ,kept on making battery sets,|and they just

00:31:20;06 , 00:31:22;14 ,didn't want to change over, and --

// JUNE:

00:31:22;14 , 00:31:23;27 ,^IOh, do that was the reason they --^I

// PETE:

00:31:23;27 , 00:31:27;24 ,That was the reason they went under.

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// ALLEN:

00:31:29;15 , 00:31:33;13 ,The interview was part of|an ongoing oral history project.

00:31:33;13 , 00:31:39;21 ,It had already sparked a discussion|in the ^ISan Jose Mercury News^I.

00:31:39;21 , 00:31:43;18 ,One letter was from|another former Radio Shop employee.

00:31:43;18 , 00:31:48;18 ,And it adds a bit of mystery|to the firm's beginnings.

// CHAPTER = A San Jose Mystery = 9 = 00:31:38;14

// CRAIG:

// (VOICE CHARACTER TALENT JOSEPH D. CAPPA - natural text on screen - captions only for non-English)

00:31:50;15 , 00:31:54;18 ,In 1910, The Radio Shop|was on the north side

00:31:54;18 , 00:31:58;26 ,of San Fernando Street,|between 3rd and 4th Streets.

00:31:58;26 , 00:32:01;14 ,Later, it moved to Sunnyvale.

00:32:01;14 , 00:32:06;15 ,Lambert was the brains of the shop;|Bessey was the financier.

00:32:06;15 , 00:32:09;11 ,Frank Pratt was the shop foreman,

00:32:09;11 , 00:32:13;10 ,and a Mr. Brunero|was the chief tool and die maker.

00:32:13;10 , 00:32:16;24 ,I ran a turret lathe and punch press.

// ALLEN:

00:32:28;29 , 00:32:34;19 ,We know the San Jose address|was used to gain legitimacy.

00:32:34;19 , 00:32:41;17 ,But we cannot explain the year 1910.

00:32:41;17 , 00:32:47;00 ,It likely referred to|Bessey's early, hobbyist years.

00:32:50;13 , 00:32:59;19 ,Another oddity is that Bessey tried at one|time to disown his company altogether.

00:32:59;19 , 00:33:03;29 ,In his Pacific Division Manager role|with the American Radio Relay League,

00:33:03;29 , 00:33:07;29 ,he was only supposed to be an amateur.

00:33:10;14 , 00:33:14;08 ,Rather than step down,|he publicly denied any connection,

00:33:14;08 , 00:33:16;15 ,instead invoking his son, Ernest,

00:33:16;15 , 00:33:22;22 ,as being nothing more than an employee.

00:33:22;22 , 00:33:28;00 ,But plenty of oral and|written stories implicate Arthur.

00:33:28;00 , 00:33:35;14 ,One disputed source even says|that Ernest did not survive infancy.

00:33:35;14 , 00:33:40;15 ,We do know that|the Bessey grandson died young.

00:33:44;02 , 00:33:50;23 ,Within a few years,|the Jubilee firm would fail as well.

00:33:50;23 , 00:33:55;17 ,With untimely losses of father and son|and two failed businesses,

00:33:55;17 , 00:34:02;28 ,the depression must have been immense.

00:34:02;28 , 00:34:07;20 ,Arthur spent his last 14 months|at the Millbrae Serra Sanitarium,

00:34:07;20 , 00:34:10;20 ,just south of San Francisco.

00:34:13;00 , 00:34:20;29 ,We took a road trip|in search of his final home.

00:34:20;29 , 00:34:24;28 ,A list of historic hospitals tells|us the sanitarium was located where

00:34:24;28 , 00:34:29;06 ,this transit station is today.

00:34:29;06 , 00:34:35;04 ,A facility with almost the|same name still stands nearby.

00:34:38;06 , 00:34:42;00 ,The 74-year old businessman|likely took his final strolls

00:34:42;00 , 00:34:47;16 ,in this small park next door.

00:34:47;16 , 00:34:52;01 ,He died on Friday, September 11, 1953,

00:34:52;01 , 00:35:00;20 ,taking a small, but significant,|piece of Silicon Valley's origin with him.

00:35:15;28 , 00:35:20;03 ,No Bessey is alive today.

00:35:20;03 , 00:35:28;02 ,Bertha was the last of the clan.|She passed in 1976.

00:35:28;02 , 00:35:31;14 ,While the Bessey ancestors|remain buried in Canada,

00:35:31;14 , 00:35:34;05 ,the entire American part|of the family rests at the

00:35:34;05 , 00:35:41;18 ,Alta Mesa Memorial Park Cemetery|in Palo Alto, California.

00:35:41;18 , 00:35:43;23 ,Ada, the elder Bessey's wife,

00:35:43;23 , 00:35:55;00 ,bought a plot in 1925 for $200|to be maintained for all time.

00:35:55;00 , 00:35:59;28 ,Yet the graves remain completely unmarked.

00:35:59;28 , 00:36:06;09 ,No gravestone, no plaque, no memory.

// CHAPTER = Heart Of The Silicon Valley = 10 = 00:36:11;05

00:36:15;05 , 00:36:18;18 ,If Sunnyvale is truly the|"Heart of the Silicon Valley,"

00:36:18;18 , 00:36:25;05 ,why did it nearly lose one|of its earliest technology stories?

00:36:25;05 , 00:36:30;21 ,To understand this,|we have to go back to the Cold War.

00:36:40;09 , 00:36:44;09 ,The 1950s and 60s.

00:36:44;09 , 00:36:47;11 ,Military contracts promised a bright future,

00:36:47;11 , 00:36:51;17 ,and the city wished to expand at all costs.

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00:37:04;10 , 00:37:09;24 ,History was literally demolished,|as landmark after precious landmark

00:37:09;24 , 00:37:18;18 ,fell to short-sighted decisions|of questionable maturity.

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00:37:29;12 , 00:37:36;21 ,Most sadly, the historic Murphy House,|shown here in a rare color photograph.

00:37:36;21 , 00:37:44;21 ,The homestead of Martin Murphy Jr,|on whose land Sunnyvale is built.

00:37:44;21 , 00:37:48;17 ,Before San Jose, before Sacramento --

00:37:48;17 , 00:37:58;25 ,his Bay View Ranch was the absolute|center of California society and politics.

00:37:58;25 , 00:38:02;25 ,In 1953, the family sold|Bay View to the city,

00:38:02;25 , 00:38:06;21 ,having lived there for 6 generations.

00:38:06;21 , 00:38:11;19 ,The State of California|declared it a Historic Landmark.

00:38:11;19 , 00:38:17;29 ,But the structure was neglected for years.

00:38:17;29 , 00:38:24;17 ,A group of residents organized|to persuade the city council to save it.

00:38:24;17 , 00:38:27;06 ,But Sunnyvale, by now calling itself

00:38:27;06 , 00:38:32;08 ,the "City of Destiny," would not be stopped.

00:38:37;12 , 00:38:44;15 ,Daybreak.|Thursday, September 28, 1961.

00:38:44;15 , 00:38:50;02 ,A front loader rips into the Bay View Ranch.

00:38:57;27 , 00:39:05;07 ,California's most important home|had stood for more than 110 years.

00:39:05;07 , 00:39:10;18 ,Its remains were carted to|the city dump within three days.

// JACK:

00:39:13;06 , 00:39:16;09 ,It was in the way of the|Central Expressway I believe,

00:39:16;09 , 00:39:19;25 ,and it had not been maintained very well,

00:39:19;25 , 00:39:24;11 ,and then there was a fire|of which I know not why.

00:39:24;11 , 00:39:27;13 ,So ultimately it was bulldozed|down and that was the end.

// ANN:

00:39:27;13 , 00:39:29;08 ,Someone had set a fire in it,

00:39:29;08 , 00:39:31;16 ,and it was full of termites,

00:39:31;16 , 00:39:37;25 ,but Mr. Vargas -- Manual Vargas -- he said

00:39:37;25 , 00:39:39;28 ,termites were so strong,

00:39:39;28 , 00:39:42;03 ,they were holding|the house up or something.

00:39:42;03 , 00:39:45;23 ,He didn't think that the|termites were doing any harm.

00:39:45;23 , 00:39:48;08 ,But that's what they said at the time.

// CHIYO:

00:39:48;08 , 00:39:51;05 ,And Manual Vargas said he'd|stand in front of the bulldozer.

00:39:51;05 , 00:39:52;14 ,I don't know if he did or not,

00:39:52;14 , 00:39:54;22 ,but when it came to tear the house down

00:39:54;22 , 00:39:56;03 ,it was hard to tear it down.

00:39:56;03 , 00:39:58;28 ,It didn't come down that easy.

// ALLEN:

00:39:58;29 , 00:40:00;25 ,And that wasn't all.

00:40:00;25 , 00:40:06;06 ,Sunnyvale tore down its original City Hall.

00:40:06;06 , 00:40:08;08 ,Demolition actually had to wait

00:40:08;08 , 00:40:15;16 ,because the construction bonds|had yet to be paid off.

00:40:15;16 , 00:40:19;01 ,The Bank of Italy branch,|part of the town since its beginning,

00:40:19;01 , 00:40:24;07 ,almost certainly held Bessey's accounts.

00:40:24;07 , 00:40:29;17 ,It would become the Bank of America.

00:40:29;17 , 00:40:36;04 ,Later a nightclub,|it, too, met the bulldozer.

// CHAPTER = Building History = 11 = 00:40:39;07

00:40:41;06 , 00:40:43;12 ,The Jubilee Incubator building still stood

00:40:43;12 , 00:40:56;07 ,as late as 1980, being listed in|Sunnyvale's Historic Resource Inventory.

00:40:56;07 , 00:41:00;11 ,It is now an apartment complex.

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00:41:10;13 , 00:41:12;27 ,The Radio Shop building, which later also

00:41:12;27 , 00:41:18;00 ,served as a clearinghouse for|Filipino day laborers, stands no more.

00:41:25;04 , 00:41:34;11 ,These houses now mark the spot|where radios once were built.

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00:41:34;11 , 00:41:38;29 ,A 2nd family house, built by the|junior Bessey, does survive today

00:41:38;29 , 00:41:43;00 ,as an apartment multiplex.

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00:41:49;17 , 00:41:57;19 ,But the original|family residence is long gone.

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00:42:01;04 , 00:42:04;17 ,A report was commissioned|by the city in 2001

00:42:04;17 , 00:42:09;16 ,to see if these sites|should be historic landmarks.

00:42:09;16 , 00:42:11;17 ,The suggestion was denied,

00:42:11;17 , 00:42:22;06 ,but at least it was given|due consideration, with expert review.

00:42:22;06 , 00:42:26;22 ,In recent years,|the city has rediscovered its heritage

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00:42:26;22 , 00:42:34;00 ,with downtown attracting renewed interest.

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00:42:39;09 , 00:42:43;15 ,In May of 2000, the city broke|ground on the Orchard Heritage Park

00:42:43;15 , 00:42:46;16 ,Interpretive Exhibit, on 10 acres of land

00:42:46;16 , 00:42:51;15 ,that will forever remain an orchard.

00:42:55;09 , 00:42:59;25 ,And, as for the Murphy House ...

00:43:09;25 , 00:43:13;18 ,In 2006, fundraising efforts|reached critical mass

00:43:13;18 , 00:43:19;15 ,for the construction of a museum|with a Bay View Ranch exterior.

00:43:19;15 , 00:43:25;17 ,And a period interior --

00:43:25;17 , 00:43:33;20 ,-- with exhibits, including|a permanent homage to Arthur E. Bessey.

00:43:42;06 , 00:43:53;02 ,Sunnyvale has taken great|steps forward in restoring its soul.

00:43:53;02 , 00:44:03;12 ,Still, the pace of life in the Valley|often leaves little time for reflection.

// CHAPTER = Jack's Wish = 12 = 00:44:44;09

// JACK:

00:44:03;13 , 00:44:05;12 ,I'd like to blame it on the fact that

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00:44:05;12 , 00:44:09;07 ,everyone in Silicon Valley is on a dead run.

00:44:09;07 , 00:44:11;22 ,And they're young people,

00:44:11;22 , 00:44:15;14 ,that probably just don't have|time to be interested yet.

00:44:15;14 , 00:44:17;29 ,And someday they'll slow down|a little or they'll retire

00:44:17;29 , 00:44:19;18 ,and they'll discover that

00:44:19;18 , 00:44:24;17 ,everything they were involved in|has not been documented.

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00:44:24;17 , 00:44:30;22 ,Because history is never important|until it's too late.

// ALLEN:

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00:44:48;29 , 00:44:59;13 ,At many City functions, Jack could|be found telling the Bessey family story.

// JACK:

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00:44:59;13 , 00:45:03;22 ,Particularly young people seem to be|interested in why a radio had to be that big

00:45:03;22 , 00:45:09;20 ,versus their little Walkmans and|MP3s and such that they have today.

00:45:09;20 , 00:45:13;26 ,And that's, I think, what|makes my project interesting.

00:45:13;26 , 00:45:16;22 ,It shows people that things are different,

00:45:16;22 , 00:45:23;02 ,and gives them some insight|in to why they're different.

// ALLEN:

00:45:47;23 , 00:45:53;28 ,Maybe this story is not remembered|because it's not flashy.

00:45:53;28 , 00:45:57;15 ,A failed business, a lost family,

00:45:57;15 , 00:45:59;11 ,a last-place finish

00:45:59;11 , 00:46:04;06 ,in one gold rush among so many.

00:46:04;06 , 00:46:06;17 ,Yet, it's so important.

00:46:06;17 , 00:46:10;15 ,Because real history|is found in the ordinary.

00:46:10;15 , 00:46:17;09 ,And stories like this|would soon be repeated countless times.

// BEN:

00:46:22;12 , 00:46:26;05 ,There's the Central Expressway|we're flying over right now --

00:46:26;05 , 00:46:34;01 ,-- the old Radio Shop site|we're flying over right now.

// JACK:

00:46:34;01 , 00:46:38;08 ,Sunnyvale was almost|the beginning of Silicon Valley.

00:46:38;08 , 00:46:41;27 ,San Jose takes a lot of credit,|and rightly so,

00:46:41;27 , 00:46:45;02 ,but Sunnyvale was probably earlier on.

00:46:45;02 , 00:46:49;07 ,The Radio Shop was not Silicon Valley,|but it was, as I've called it,

00:46:49;07 , 00:46:53;23 ,an "Echo of the Future".

// ALLEN:

00:46:53;23 , 00:47:00;18 ,Jack Rowe's wish is for the Bessey|story to be preserved publicly.

00:47:00;18 , 00:47:04;05 ,Not only for engineers,

00:47:04;05 , 00:47:14;29 ,but made part of the scenery,|ready to be discovered by future explorers.

00:47:14;29 , 00:47:22;02 ,Today, Jack Rowe's wish is being fulfilled.

00:47:22;02 , 00:47:25;23 ,The gravesite|may remain unmarked for now,

00:47:25;23 , 00:47:32;00 ,but The Radio Shop will never be forgotten.

00:47:34;05 , 00:47:39;15 ,How wonderful it would be, to discover|other little gems of local history.

00:47:39;15 , 00:47:42;00 ,Just like this Tale ...

00:47:42;00 , 00:47:45;03 ,... of Sunnyvale.

// CAPTIONING CREDITS AT THE END OF THE CREDITS. LOCALIZER: PLEASE FILL THIS IN WITH YOUR NAME.

00:48:33;12 , 00:48:38;22 ,LANGUAGE captions by|YOUR NAME HERE

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DVD authoring in progress

Doing the language translations for the captions and getting the cover art (or at least asking/paying people to do so).

Music is ongoing.

Audio mix (ahead of and without music) pretty much final.

Just about to start on motion graphics for the DVD menus.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Cast & Crew Party

Saturday, April 26, 2008, 3:00pm, at 1360 Flicker Way in Sunnyvale.

Cocktail party; no need to bring anything.

Of course we'll be showing the film. Other than music, the film is completely finished at the time of this writing, and at the party it may or may not have music.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bessey-28

All sound effects and video (including street sign and intro talking head) is done. Even little micro tweaks have died down. The only thing that remains is music (which is ongoing). Since the music is outsourced, I'm now beginning to think more about DVD encoding and design. I'll be mailing out a preliminary DVD to several people (VO, Canada, Music).

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bessey-27

While the music is going on, I'm filling in sound effects. About 70% done.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bessey-26 still ...

Also loading old-time radio clips into it now; that's why I haven't done a full build of Bessey-26. And tweaking the audio mix.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bessey-26 almost done

Sound effects are being loaded up into it; the talking head intro is in there; the new museum shot is in there.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Timeline locked; Bessey-26 building

Bessey-25 was released to music and that's going on now. '25 was timeline/audio voice lock and was the last thing where I switched the order of scenes. We're now locked that way. Bessey-26 is nearing completion and has minor tweaks and one of the last 3 holes filled in.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bessey-24 building

Color, black level, clear aperture crop, prep in workflow for proper dvd encode.

Bessey-23 built

Version 23 incorporates first viewing with some others; mostly get rid too many dips to black.

Bessey-22 built

First edit as described below.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Editing is done !

Like the golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah, the timeline ends have come together. I now have a 47-minute documentary that is quite watchable.

Now what?

-- Handoff to music.

-- I will work on sound effects while music is going on.

-- Two things that fit into locked-in places on the timeline:
Shot of completed new museum to follow the time-lapse.
(Just waiting for a sunny weekday)
"Bessey CT" street sign.
(Waiting for vendor to finish)

At that point it will be ready to show. DVD encoding and authoring to follow.

Monday, January 28, 2008

2 Minutes To Go

About two finished-minutes to go on editing. Leaving room for music pauses. Acquired Ernest H. Bessey (the grandson) picture (!!) and found a place to fit it. Waiting on (but won't block progress):

-- street sign prop
-- sunshine to shoot latest New Museum

Progress that will be done in parallel as soon as I'm done editing:

-- music
-- sound effects
-- intro talking head

Thursday, January 24, 2008

"Fine" editing in progress

All 40 minutes or so all done. About 6 minutes to go. Going at the rate of about 2 minutes per 4-hour session.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Power-Up Shoot Completed

Finally, we (Johan Koning Sr, Ben Koning, and Dave Lyons) did the indoors radio power-up shoot.

The room looks like it's daylight; I lit it that way to match the exteriors shot a year ago: It was actually pitch black outside, but note the lighting illusion thru the windows. Several bright lights were pointed into the windows, standing outside in the pouring rain!