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The Guy From Erie

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WELCOME

WELCOME

After recording almost 500 video lessons on my other site - The Tool and Die Guy - I came to the conclusion that long-form videos are great when you're teaching something. Other than that, you've got about 8 seconds to get your point across on video before people tune...

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The 60s: My Photo For Today

The 60s: My Photo For Today

Gotta give a shoutout to Mom for no paper plates or plastic bowls for my big day. Nothing but fine glassware here. Back then, we didn't have venues to host a party like we have today. No Chuck E. Cheese or bumper-bowling parties. If there was going to be a party, it...

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Golf, Part 2: Where I Practice

Golf, Part 2: Where I Practice

I have a secret. And I'm not even sure that I want to share it because it could ruin everything for me. Imagine having your own private golf course 10 minutes from your house, and three minutes from work. You also have free access to a putting and chipping area, a...

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Me and Talk Radio

Me and Talk Radio

I first became acquainted with talk radio back in the late 80's. We had this guy who ran a grinder all day and listened to Rush Limbaugh on full-blast for 3 hours. Every. Single. Day. If you were going to spend any time at all in the grinding department, you were...

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The Impending Crisis of Competency

The Impending Crisis of Competency

Have you noticed the steady increase in mistakes and mechanical failures lately? Particularly in the airline industry? Passengers notice screws missing from wings. Windows popping out. Tires literally falling off before takeoff. It's no secret that I've been involved...

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Do You Know This Family?

Do You Know This Family?

If you know who these people are, you're either from Pittsburgh, a Fallingwater fan, or a Frank Lloyd Wright follower. Maybe even all three, like myself. Meet the Kaufmann family. Edgar (E.J.), Liliane, and Edgar Junior. If you've been around Erie long enough, you...

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Golf, Part 1

Golf, Part 1

Golf and manufacturing have always been a big part of my life since the day I was born. I'll definitely be exploring both topics in greater detail as we move forward. I was fortunate to be born into a very successful, motivated, and blue-collar family here in Erie in...

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NOSTAGIA: Pain and Comfort

NOSTAGIA: Pain and Comfort

I'm not sure that many people feel nostalgia any more. It takes some time to reflect and actually find those memories. Sometimes, it might be triggered by an old photo, or even seeing someone from high school that you haven't seen for decades. Even the smell of a...

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That Thing You Do!

That Thing You Do!

    I grew up here in the 60's. Manufacturing was king, and AM radio was all we listened to. As far as television goes, we had three channels and a giant antenna on the roof of the house to catch the signals. In 1996, none other than Tom Hanks decided to...

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