Audio Recording "Things are getting high tech."

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"Things are getting high tech."
Contributor Names
Takach, Richard (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
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Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work processes
-  Watson Machine International
-  Machinery industry
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with Richard Takach at Watson Machine International.
-  Summary of audio segment: Things getting high tech -- computers, etc. "Well it makes it a little easier for us. If I put somebody on the milling machine and you give him a drawing and he's got to read to a thousandth -- you know, I'd rather him do the first job by looking at the dial first. Knowing that he knows how to operate that machine, than by watching the digital readouts. See, that digital readout makes everything easy. But they can mess you up. Somebody can mess you up by being nasty about it -- just change your numbers on you. But I would rather have somebody who -- say you know how to run a milling machine, I would give you a drawing and little piece of steel, I would make you do it with the digital readout shut off. You'd go by the dials, read the dials. If they can read the dials, I don't care what they do with the machine -- they can read the digital all of the time. But it is easier to read the big numbers, you know you got to go 970-thousandths this way, you know, OK, stop you're there. It just speeds up the job. Makes it easier."
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A002
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Takach, Richard, and Robert McCarl. "Things are getting high tech.". -08-08, 1994. Audio.

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Takach, R. & McCarl, R. (1994) "Things are getting high tech.". -08-08. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Takach, Richard, and Robert McCarl. "Things are getting high tech.". -08-08, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.