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Tides in the Affairs of Men By Frederick Van Veen
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A collection of the author's blog postings from December 2007 through June 2010, including critical essays on books, plays, and movies, as well as commentary on life on the Maine coast, where he... More > makes his home.< Less
The General Radio Story By Frederick Van Veen
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“The General Radio Story” tells the remarkable tale of one of the true pioneers of electronics. Founded in 1915, “GR” gave the young electronics industry (then called... More > “radio”) the essential tools of the trade – wavemeters, signal generators, voltmeters, frequency standards, etc. – and was no less innovative in its employment policies, navigating the Great Depression without laying off a single employee and even making its workers whole when a local bank failed. As measuring instruments morphed into “ATE” (automatic test equipment), General Radio reinvented itself as GenRad and was the first to offer automatic circuit-board test systems. GR’s 86-year run ended in 2001, when the Company was acquired by Teradyne, Inc.< Less
Searching for Joan Leslie By Frederick Van Veen
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Going to school in the 30s, hustling hot dogs at Braves Field in the 40s, discovering Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Trollope, seeing the great Broadway musicals in the 50s, adventures in Morocco, Russia,... More > Argentina, and the South Pacific, dining with Colin Powell, liberating a friend from a Juarez jail – these are a few of the waypoints on a 70-year journey from childhood in Boston to retirement on the coast of Maine. “Searching for Joan Leslie” is a collection of short essays posted on the author’s blog, literarybeachcomber.blogspot.com.< Less
Lines from the Beachcomber By Frederick Van Veen
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"Lines from the Beachcomber" is a collection of short essays on the arts, current affairs, history, and the passing of the seasons in Kennebunkport, Maine, where the author makes his home. ... More > The contents include movie, play, and book reviews, tales of memorable incidents in the author’s 40-year career in the electronics industry, commentary on current events, and even a recipe for crab bisque. The contents were originally published on the author’s blog, literarybeachcomber.blogspot.com. An earlier collection of essays, "Searching for Joan Leslie,” is also available at lulu.com, as is the author’s "The General Radio Story."< Less

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