- Subject: Re: [FJGRailroad] FJ&GRRHS?
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 00:46:29 -0400
From: Aaron Keller <mgaj@...>
The "Historical Society" I mentioned is not the one Walt Danylak tried
forming. His group went on for a few years, as I recall, and then he
disbanded it because he didn't have time to keep up with everything.
Around 1993, one local historian put together a group of FJ&G fans for
purpose of opening some sort of exhibit... or so we thought. The
came to be the "Boxcar Museum" which isn't really a museum. It's an old
FJ&G boxcar which was painted up in a totally-unrealistic paint scheme
The club voted 15 to 1 against this historian; we wanted it accurate and
wanted it to look "nice." But since he had control of the money, he did
what he wanted, and the club got the shaft.
This historian and his son also copied a lot of club members' pictures
attempt to make a collection for the "museum." The collection quickly
turned into one for themselves, for their benefit. The son did a book
just came out. Some of the pictures are rather rare but the photo
reproduction quality isn't that good and book has a lot of mistakes. I
don't agree with the author's ethics on how he got a lot of his
One small part of this "ethics problem" is that no credit is given to
people who took those pictures, and I think that's a tragedy.
I probably shouldn't go as far as to say this stuff, but it's what
Anyway, when the historian got his way with the boxcar, and once his son
the pictures, he shut the club down.
Now, after that story... the club members were still interested in
so I took over, reorganized everything, and ran the thing from around
beginning of 1997 until I went to college in the fall of last year.
why I referred to myself as "past president" of the club.
The club still meets monthly in the Gloversville Library but I'm not
the schedule. I'm busy working in the summer and I'm away most of the
in college. I therefore don't get to attend very many meetings. When I
word of the schedule, I'll send it to the listserv.
Since I left the club, our membership has dwindled down to a very few
(maybe only 5 people per meeting). We used to pull about 20 per meeting
that's because I always had a presentation lined up. I'm sad to see
go downhill, but most of the people handling things now are older, work
full-time, and don't have the time to organize presentations every
When I was running things, I was in High School, I organized the FJ&G
did several extra-curriculars in school, my own photography, videography
television, wrote for Railpace, and still managed to graduate with State
Local Honors! I was a very busy person but I always tried to do things
the best of my ability.
A lot of the club members have been in bad health lately as well. A few
the members have had their wives get sick, and a few have had cancer.
was in a bad car accident, had two worn-out knees replaced by surgery,
had pneumonia all within a year! I saw that person just today at work,
matter of fact, and he's doing well.
Well, speaking of work, I need to get there early tomorrow morning, so I
better get going.
Talk to you later,
Sun, 15 Aug 1999 00:55:44 -0400
Aaron Keller <mgaj@...>
Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
I'll respond to your questions about scanners... since I'm not yet back
college, I'm not able to reply "to the list."
I don't know too much on the subject, but I do know some fellows who run
pages, and they've told me NOT to invest in a Hewlett-Packard scanner.
don't know why they say this, but the guys who told me are pros, so I
thought I'd pass along their advice.
I'll be able to answer questions 1 and 4.
>1: What is the best format to post an image? At the same time, is theMost web pages and email attachments are done with JPEG compression
>"best" format one that is common enough for every one to be able to
JPEGs are smaller files (due to compression). They are, however, not as
sharp as other image types.
I personally use Corel PhotoPaint for most of my stuff and I like the
file extension (CPT). Adobe Photoshop's own format is just as good,
what I understand. I also use GIF and TIFF files from time to time as
JPEG files are almost universally accessible (all web browsers can open
them) and because of their small size, they're used most often.
The other file extensions are better quality but some of the specialized
ones (Corel, Adobe) can only be viewed with those who own that
software. They're also much larger files and not as fast to
>4: Is there a shelf like for saved images?Any image that's stored digitally does not have a "shelf life" as do
photos. The image is transferred to "1" or "0" and is stored as a
characters. Characters don't have a shelf life.
In theory, digital images are supposed to last forever. There are a few
points I will mention, though, which you should consider:
First, you need to remember that digital images are not as sharp as
analog slides. Color prints aren't that sharp but color slides are,
taken with good equipment. Along those lines, current digital images
lend themselves well for enlarging... they get very grainy.
Second, as we all know, computer equipment changes often... how many of
use Print Shop for the Commodore 64? I am personally worried about
all-digital because the technology becomes obsolete rather quickly.
to say that the images you save on your computer now will be able to be
accessed by computers five or ten years from now?
Third, digital mediums are affected heavily by things such as magnetic
fields (lightning, power surges, etc.). They can be destroyed easily
without knowledge. How many times have we lost files on our computers
then gotten mad?
The point I'm making is that I'd hate to have an important picture
digital copy, and then lose it to something stupid like a power surge or
I have a surge protector on my computer but it's practically useless.
in point: I had over 40 pages of FJ&G notes in various files which were
backed up on disk. I kept the disk away from all my other disks and I
it locked up all the time. I used it about once every two months to
additions to the notes. I had all the files backed up here and there
for one file. Well, one time, I popped the disk into the computer, and
started reading the files, and within a minute or two, *ZAP*, everything
lost to a power surge. I had a heck of a time trying to go off of
copies, paper copies, etc., and of course I lost the one file for good.
I am not a computer person by hobby; I just use it as a tool. I keep
everything on a backup printout because I don't especially enjoy
such as this one.
Hope this answers your questions.
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 00:27:27 -0400
Aaron Keller <mgaj@...>
Paul Charland <p.charlie@...>
Hello Paul et. al.,
Glad I can offer advice. I talked to my people who know about scanning
devices and this was the most comprehensive response I got. Hope this
offers a better comparison.
>The HP slide scanner we use is built well and appears that it will lasta
>long time, but it is very sensitive to dark slides and does a terriblethese
>job on prints.
>The print scan problem is a design flaw. There are 2 LED
>lights that are too bright and when the scanner scans the picture,
>lights show through the paper leaving a red and green streak down theknew
>scanned in image.
>This unit also scans negatives. This it does very well.
>When we got this unit they had just dropped the price a bit.
>The price has since rebounded back up which leads me to believe they
>of the problem and were just trying to get rid of the old ones inplace
>of a revised model.the
>With a little TLC one can get professional results from this unit. I
>have scanned a slide which had a developing defect, digitally removed
>defect, and had the 80 meg file printed at a professional lab withI will be back in college on Saturday, August 28 so I am expecting to be
able to reply "to the list" at that time. Thanks for your patience in