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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2016, 11:43:22 am »
Great video, many thanks for making it, Dave.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2016, 12:01:05 pm »
Still really sharp for that number of years   :-+  Really inspirational.

Indeed, thanks Dave.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2016, 12:39:39 pm »
I'm 15 now, I see him and he is so nice and good and I feel like a shit person for all of the things I done, while he is such a nice old guy.
but somebody should tell him that there are auto ranging digital multi meters out there, better then using analog meters every time :P
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2016, 12:51:00 pm »
I'm 15 now, I see him and he is so nice and good and I feel like a shit person for all of the things I done, while he is such a nice old guy.
That's part of growing up ... and your realisation means you've taken an important step along that path.   :-+

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but somebody should tell him that there are auto ranging digital multi meters out there, better then using analog meters every time :P
I'm sure they have ... and I will bet he has clearly informed them of his preference.  Another thing, for somebody used to analogue meters, seeing a set of digits jumping around could be disconcerting.  What he has does what he needs to do, so I'll be the last to push the idea of a DMM onto him.
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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #29 on: April 29, 2016, 01:06:40 pm »
How very nice! This guy moved to his place when I was 2 :-) And so far I considered myself being on the elderly side ;-) I enjoyed this a lot! :-)
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #30 on: April 29, 2016, 01:19:17 pm »
Pretty amazing how sharp his mind is at his age. Great video dave :-+.. That is worth watching..
aahh bad english
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #31 on: April 29, 2016, 01:24:18 pm »
First thought: great! no tubes! So there is still hope for people messing with 8 bit PICs  >:D  :-DD

More serious: I hope I'll be like him -with teeth though- until I die. Some day I'll probably retire but I don't see myself stopping with electronics out of free will.
There are small lies, big lies and then there is what is on the screen of your oscilloscope.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2016, 02:00:42 pm »
I sometimes wonder, how interested/good, I will be in Electronics, as I get older. He has given me much hope, that I can continue, until I am 105/6, and maybe beyond. If I even live that long.

Apparently, he was born, just about bang on, when tungsten filament light bulbs, were first, invented.

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In 1910, William David Coolidge (1873-1975) invented a tungsten filament which lasted even longer than the older filaments. The incandescent bulb revolutionized the world.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/edison/lightbulb.shtml
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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2016, 03:25:30 pm »
Excellent! What a great guy!  :-+

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #34 on: April 29, 2016, 04:36:19 pm »
This is the kind of video why I keep coming back to Eevblog. Thank you so much Dave.
 

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« Reply #35 on: April 29, 2016, 05:04:37 pm »
Wonderful story that brought a smile to my face!  :-+  I hope that he gets more visitors from young hobbyists who can learn from his wealth of knowledge and history. I wonder if he is an "elmer". Sadly we see too many older folks being discarded as obsolete and irrelevant when they can contribute so much more to society past that age of retirement. As well, their active involvement and "busyness" after retirement often contributes directly to their health and drive to keeping living. Very touching video....  :-+
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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #36 on: April 29, 2016, 05:40:31 pm »
He's only 69 in hex.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2016, 06:27:48 pm »
I wouldn't want to get to this age for the simple reason you experience all of your loved ones die and you keep surviving them... that would be too much for me.

Sadly his son died the other week.

That is sad. I hope his son at least was a grand grandpa in his 80's.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2016, 06:59:13 pm »
Everybody does die, just as you get older you start noticing the rate increases. Seems like everybody I know is dying or dead, mostly of cancer. Centuries ago you dies of other things, like disease, injury, war or famine. Now there are cures for many diseases, there are antibiotics and the revolution of biological life causing illness, surgery and anesthesia along with blood transfusion and such for surgery, relatively good levels of peace leaving people to get older and live longer.

Sadly as you age those things that were once rare, dementias and cancer, seem to be on the rise.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #39 on: April 29, 2016, 07:11:44 pm »
This was great. I always wonder how I will be when I am older and if I will still being doing electronics. I can't image not working with them. This is great encouragement.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #40 on: April 29, 2016, 07:57:45 pm »
I'm 15 now, I see him and he is so nice and good and I feel like a shit person for all of the things I done...

Pretty much everyone feels that way about some things that they've done. Like Brumby said, it's part of growing up.  Don't beat yourself up. Just learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself.

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2016, 08:03:27 pm »
Nice pictures on his wall ;)

What an amazing man, must be awesome seeing technology change over such a long lifetime.
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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2016, 08:37:05 pm »
What an amazing man, must be awesome seeing technology change over such a long lifetime.
That reminds me of my grandfather (who was born later than the man in Dave's video BTW). He once noted that he drove around in the very old cars they had on display in a car museum. Same for steam powered locomotives.
There are small lies, big lies and then there is what is on the screen of your oscilloscope.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2016, 08:50:33 pm »
This man is my new idol! What a great guy. If I ever get to Australia (one of the destinations on my dream holiday list) I would go visit him and let him talk for hours. His enthousiasme is invigorating.

Also I wish to convey my condolences for the death of his son. Must have been tough on him being so sharp and fully aware of that.

Great video Dave. Brought me a lot of joy. thanks.  :clap:
Kind greetings,

Pascal.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2016, 09:01:11 pm »
There's hope for my kids. My dad, now 73, is an electronics engineer.
He passed the microbe to my brother and me.

This was a great episode. Thanks.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2016, 09:21:43 pm »
Great Video. An inspiration for sure. I know you likely got as much of a kick seeing his stuff as he did showing you! Perhaps you can volunteer to climb the roof for him to adjust the antenna in the future!
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2016, 10:56:31 pm »
A follow up that would be awesome - bring him back to EEVblog labs and let him loose !!!!
Hello <tap> <tap> .. is this thing on?
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2016, 12:06:03 am »
A follow up that would be awesome - bring him back to EEVblog labs and let him loose !!!!

Part of me is intrigued as to what his reaction would be to some modern kit.  Although another part of me would not want to make him uncomfortable.

I wonder, too, if he has an opinion about being a Youtube/internet star?
 
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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2016, 12:14:13 am »
I bet he would love a frequency counter.
 

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Re: EEVblog #874 - World's Oldest Electronics Hobbyist!
« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2016, 12:16:26 am »
Although another part of me would not want to make him uncomfortable.

+1

Good point.  :-+
 


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