Vol. 11, No. 2
May 1999

Mercurial Matters


Antonio Meucci in Cuba

Planning for 2000

David Sarnoff Library


Hugh Slotten Receives Grants

Flashback to the Sixties: Bridging an Earlier Communications Gap

The Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize

Rereading the Supreme Court: Tesla's Invention of Radio

New Journal for Multimedia History

Book Review:
Media in America

Have Slides/Viewgraphs, Will Travel

The Vacuum Tube Museum at Manhattan College

Contact Us


It's getting time to start looking forward to another get together, this time in Detroit. Although more famous for its contributions to transportation technologies than communication technologies, the Motor City is well worth the trip. Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village will host the 1999 Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) meeting. Henry Ford honored an early master of many communication technologies, Thomas Edison, and transferred Edison's research laboratory from Menlo Park into the Village. Between the Museum and the Village, examples of countless technologies, their inventions, and use abound. The local arrangements web site (see below) describes the complex as "an example of one engineer's efforts to come to grips with the consequences of his work." And, we might add, the work of many others.

Metropolitan Detroit's offerings are remarkable, especially for historians of technology. Unusually interesting tours and activities will be available, along with the always interesting SHOT meeting activities themselves. The local arrangements committee, chaired by Bob Casey, has set up an attractive and helpful web site at <http://www.hfmgv.org/shot/>. Check it out as you begin to make your plans. It includes information on the conference hotel, the Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center, and transportation.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Mercurians' annual meeting during the SHOT conference. In the meantime, we extend an invitation to new and longtime Mercurians alike to introduce themselves by sending us statements for inclusion in future newsletters. Please contact Pam Laird (mailto:plaird@%20carbon.cudenver.edu) with those contributions and suggestions, as well as with additions or corrections to your e-mail addresses.

We would very much like to know about books or museum exhibitions that we ought to review, in print and, soon, electronically. Also, send us reports on your recent activities, or queries about contributing an article or essay on your current project. We are always glad to include information pertinent to the many interests that Mercurians share.

Business matters: If you received a remittance envelope with this mailing, your subscription and membership end with this issue. Please see Contact Us for renewal information. Thank you for responding. Thanks to all of you for your interest and support. And thanks to SHOT and the University of Colorado Denver for their support; together they keep our subscription rate one of the best deals going.