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An Interview with John Diebel, Founder of Meade Instruments

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 04/01/2013 12:00AM

An Interview with John Diebel, Founder of Meade Instruments

In 1997, Meade Instruments Corp. stood at the top of the telescope market. It went public that year, and was the darling of smaller issues. Its products were innovative, industry changing and in demand, such as the Autostar Computer Controller and the ETX 90 Astro. The Meade 90 ETX had been introduced the year before and, at $495, the waiting list to get one was incredibly long. John Diebel, the company founder and, at that time, chief executive and chairman, welcomed a visitor in his office at Meade headquarters in Irvine, Calif...

An Interview with John Krewalk Jr. of Criterion Manufacturing – by Barry Kawa

Posted by Barry Kawaguchi 03/25/2013 12:00AM

An Interview with John Krewalk Jr. of Criterion Manufacturing – by Barry Kawa

This is the story of Criterion Manufacturing Co. of Hartford, Connecticut, makers of the legendary RV-6.

An Interview with Tom Cave - by Barry Kawa

Posted by Barry Kawa 03/21/2013 12:00AM

An Interview with Tom Cave - by Barry Kawa

the summer of 1997 took me to Long Beach, California, to talk to Tom Cave, the founder of Cave Optical Co., at his home there, where he had lived for almost 60 years. I had a 10-inch Cave reflector in my garage in Cleveland Heights that was a pleasure to use and my personal favorite. So, when I called Mr. Cave, it was an honor to speak to him, and he greeted me warmly and invited me out for an interview...