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C00002 00002 3689 South Court
3689 South Court
Palo Alto, Ca. 94306
August 3, 1974
Dear Bob and Mary
Please excuse the delay in sending you this letter. My
correspondence has built up to such a level that the turn-around time
is about a week now.
This summer has been a seesaw time for me. One week things
are very hectic, and the next, I'm able to relax enough to go sailing
a couple of times. As you may already know, I'm now officially a
graduate student at Stanford- working on my PhD thesis. Acutually, I
am just starting, and have not yet done much in the way of writing or
even extensive research. The transition from staff to student is
taking much longer than I expected. I have chosen my own PhD title
and topic. It will be a PhD in Automation, with the thesis research
in the field of totally automated manufacturing. My goal is to
investigate and develop a totally automated machine shop for the
production of prototype quantities of sheet metal parts- such as
chassis, boxes, and brackets. Bob, your Dad may dig this field,
since it could be applied to the manufacture of paper or cardboard
Besides the work at Stanford, there is Vicarm. Vicarm is a
bit over a year old now, and we have shipped our first few arms out.
We have a sizeable backlog of orders, and as usual, we are also
behind on delivery. I have a couple of people working for me who are
supposed to be responsible for all the day to day manufacturing
problems, but it still turns out that I have to make daily visits to
the company to insure that all runs smoothly.
About three weeks ago, I got out for a 7 day trip to the
Kings Canyon National Park region of the Sierra's. We climbed two
13,000 footers, class 3 to 4. I would really like to spend a week or
so with you out in Wyoming but it may be difficult to arrange a
convenient date. Here's the situation. I have to deliver an arm to
Texas Instruments Corp in Dallas around the end of the month. I
don't intend to go there myself, but may have to. In any event I
will have to stick around here to make sure that it is ready and
completely debugged in time. In parallel with this, my father is on
vacation this month, and my parents have been talking of comming out
for a visit sometime. That sometime is indefinite at the moment, as
Dick and his family are presentlu in NYC visiting them. They say
they are returning in a week or two.
What this all means is that the best, and only practical time
for me to come to Wyoming is September. We could make it the first
week- say Sept. 1-7 or so ( or later). Now, I realize that you
finish up in Boulder around the 20th of Aug. so this conflict of
schedules may scratch any chance of getting together out here. In any
event, you are invited out here anytime for a visit should you care
to come. I am also planning to make at least one trip East this fall
to deliver arms to M.I.T. and the Natl. Bureau of Standards. So I'll
see you then for certain.
I hope both of you are well and have enjoyed your summer in
Boulder. I sort of envy you, for being able to take off the summer
and feel free of other responsibilities. I keep trying to set up my
life that way, but it doesnt seem to be working out that easy.
Please write of phone with your comments or thoughts. Home
its 415-493-3038. At Stanford its 415-497-4971 usually in the
afternoons. At Vicarm its 415-965-0557 usually from 9 to 11AM.
My regards to Linda too.