Re: [midatlanticretro] Learn something new every day...
- I have a strange question coming from Philadelphia. Can you recommend a
good crab and beer joint near Belmar? A restaurant guide to the area
would go far to encourage day trippers.
On Sun, 22 Jun 2008, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> Speaking of historical facts from Camp Evans .... (Hi Will!)
> Last night, after the InfoAge annal "Wall of Honor" dinner, me / Steve G. /
> Henry S. (Henry is another InfoAge volunteer) all watched the Ken Burns
> movie "Empire of the Air" about the early development of the radio industry.
> The movie explains that the legendary meeting (1913 or 1914, I forget which)
> between Edwin Armstrong and David Sarnoff -- in which Armstrong demo'd his
> regenerative receiver to Sarnoff, thereby convincing Sarnoff to spend his
> career advocating radio -- happened at a temporary construction shack near
> Belmar, N.J. ... you guessed it, that shack was on the shore of the Shark
> River at the Marconi facility -- today InfoAge.
> I asked Fred for more info today. The shack is long gone, which is a shame
> because that would be InfoAge's * MOST * historic building, but apparently
> we have a picture somewhere.
> Anyway, it made my day because I admittedly did not know about regeneration,
> and therefore I certainly did not know that a meeting at our facility
> basically changed the careers of Armstrong and Sarnoff and led to the modern
> radio industry.
> Fred suggested that I take a walk down the dirt road to the river's edge. I
> did, along with Bob from the Quarter Century Wireless Association. Learned
> something else down there: two more buildings exist that you can't see from
> the road! In three years at InfoAge, I had no idea about this. One of the
> buildings is large - 20 x 50 ft. -- the other is smaller. Both buildings
> are completely trasked; Fred says the Army abondoned them several decades
> ago. The larger building was Marconi's main receiving station. Technically
> the Army still owns those buildings but anyone can walk in -- they are both
> badly vandalized and not all that safe. Anyway, it was fun to learn today
> that those buildings even exist.
>>> I have a strange question coming from Philadelphia. Can you recommend a good crab and beer joint near Belmar? A restaurant guide to the area would go far to encourage day trippers.I will ask Fred and Steve. I live an hour to the north.