Portraits of Volunteers
VCRM: I’m interested in hearing about your background, how you began collecting old radios and how that lead to the radio museum.
JE: I was a public school teacher and I was teaching technology education, and saw myself as a wood shop teacher and a drafting teacher. And a couple years into working at Southington High School they asked me to teach electronics which I knew nothing about. So I started learning very, very quickly and kind of got into electronics and enjoyed it. So as time went on and I developed a little bit of knowledge I used to go out tag sailing and flea marketing all the time and I saw a little old vacuum tube radio sitting at a flea market one day and picked it up for five bucks thinking I would take it home and fix it with my new-found knowledge. And I did and got it working and that was my first mistake!
IEd Sax, September 24, 2015 talking about his background & work experience:
VRCM: Ed, I’m going to ask you to “bare your soul” and just give me a quick biographical sketch of you, your profession, some of the things you’re proud of in your accomplishments…
ES: Well, tell you what. I’ll go back to college in which I majored in sociology under Talcott Parsons. And then on graduation went over to Europe to work with a group called the Winant Volunteers. That involved doing social work in London. After that I bicycled around Europe.
VRCM: What year was this?
ES: This was 1950. One of our volunteers was Ann Rockefeller and several years later she invited all of us to their residence in on top of a hill in Tarrytown, overlooking the Tappan Zee Bridge. And that was great fun. By that time I had acquired a Lincoln Continental convertible, so I was properly equipped and so… (laughs) Sometimes I look back and wonder if that would have been a good opportunity to go from where I was working – the unlikely Sikorsky Aircraft – to possibly doing something in New York. But I enjoyed my work Sikorsky Aircraft.
Ed Sax’s 90 th Birthday Party at the Museum June 15th 2019 - Ed’s family provided the party and all museum volunteers were invited.