Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Wilson Greatbatch at the Clarence History Museum (or "I was warned that there was a mannequin upstairs, but I still jumped...")


windowman said...

I had the opportunity to go into Mr. Greatbatch's lab when I was little, I played with his sons Warren and Johnny on occasion. Mr. Greatbatch always had time to explain what he was working on, even though I didn't have a clue what he was talking about. Success couldn't have come to a nicer man. Lynn Hartwig

stephanie of stopbouncing said...

I jumped too!!!

Linda Beers Waugh said...

I've enjoyed staying in touch with Clarence/WNY through your articles even though I currently live in Ohio. I grew up in Clarence and, in fact, lived just down the street from the Greatbatch's. I look forward to visiting the Museum the next time in I'm home.

Rob said...

Thanks Becky.

Bill is a very interesting man and has has build an amazing legacy in the lives of many people around the world in many ways.

My first introduction to Bill was as a 5th grade Sunday school teacher in '61-'62 at the 1st Presby. Church next to the high school & Library on Main St. We had our class in the bell room on the 3rd floor. I remember He brought in a remote heart monitor set-up. We watched the monitor in the classroom, showing someone's heartbeat, as they walked around the parking lot. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention John 3:16 that he drilled into our young heads.

I spent many hours singing in the base section of the First presb. Church choir with Bill in the late '60s. He has a very distinct basso profondo voice.

My first introduction to electronics was after choir practice, from two electrical engineers who worked at the battery company he started after he sold his portion of the Mennen-Greatbatch company to Mennen.
He had his engineers driving heavy construction equipment as they helped to build the "then new" building. I've worked in the Computer industry for over 35 years now, and still use that impromptu education.

He made trips behind the "Iron Curtain" to Poland (and Russia I think) to establish business relations. He once invited some of these people to Clarence and showed them around the town. This was unheard of in the '60's.

Bill is an amazing and caring man who I remember fondly. I'm glad that the Clarence historical society has honored him as they have.

Rob Bartee (Clarence grad '69)