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Cart Machine Reunion on Tap

Organizers looking for ideas

The iconic cart machine is the theme for a big party!

Planning for a reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the broadcast tape cartridge machine is underway, and organizers are looking for suggestions. The ATC/Collins machine was introduced at the NAB Convention in 1959.

Andy Rector of ATC/ITC/ACC in Bloomington, Ill., writes to say the reunion committee plans to include all of the Bloomington-Normal companies that produced cartridge machines: Automatic Tape Control, International Tapetronics Corp., Sono-Mag Corp. and Audi-Cord Corp.

Other companies are invited and the gathering is open to anyone who would like to attend.

Andy writes: “After some discussion with folks in the U.S. and Canada, we’re shooting for a date between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. For many reasons, we believe that it’s appropriate to have the gathering in Bloomington-Normal on a Saturday.”

The reunion organizers would like suggestions on specific dates and on activities to include in the day. Perhaps most important, the group is looking for e-mail or snail mail addresses of people to invite.

Send any addresses and suggestions to [email protected]. Dave Wolfenden from ATC has volunteered to coordinate the e-mails.