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Post by CeaSaR » Fri Dec 19, 2008 2:43 pm

I have at my fingertips RS #62-2095, Integrated Circuit Projects vol 6,
first edition, first printing 1977, by Forrest M. Mims, III. Sold for $1.25
back then! This is actually son #1's book he found at a yard sale a while
back and had to have.

Who'd a thunk?!

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Post by evahle » Fri Dec 19, 2008 7:18 pm

Hi Mr. Mims. Since you've joined the forum, I've been kind of speechless. So rather than ask a million questions here, I'd just want to try and do a little catch up on what you've been experimenting with.

I read your article on Dr. Doom, and was very impressed with your ability to switch hats. I can't wait to read more.

I hope you and your family(Saw their picture on your site), have a great Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Everyone else too!

evahle :smile:

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Re: Checking in with like minded experimenters

Post by Bob Scott » Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:48 pm

Forrest Mims III wrote:Greetings Electronics Experimenters,

Thanks very much for the kind greetings. I've read Nuts and Volts for years and should have joined the forum long ago.
I'm glad you did. Now I can post my scanned pencil-on-engineering-graph-paper diagrams without fear of laughter! Hehe!

Bob

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Post by Forrest Mims III » Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:25 am

Bob,

Just noted your post about hand-lettered/drawn circuits.

My first hand-lettered books (Engineer's Notebook, vols 1 and 2) were India ink on Mylar. This was not easy and even caused my middle finger to bleed. Worse, errors were impossible to correct.

So I switched to a 0.7mm mechanical pencil (which is still in use) on a heavy paper stock pre-printed with lines or grids. This was much better--plus, errors could be easily corrected.

I've done some books using my hand-lettered font (two versions) in PageMaker with scanned versions of hand-drawn circuits.

All this is to simply say good for you and your hand-drawn circuits!

Forrest

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Re: Checking in with like minded experimenters

Post by Bigglez » Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:46 pm

Bob Scott wrote:Now I can post my scanned pencil-on-engineering-graph-paper diagrams without fear of laughter!
Why would anyone laugh at another poster's original work?
Has this already happened to you on this forum?

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Post by sofaspud » Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:21 pm

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Mims and thank him for his contributions to our hobby (and other fields, of course). If he should read this, I'd like him to know my parents' home is near Marion. My Dad was a regular reader of his column in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. I live in San Antonio and try to keep up with Mr. Mims scientific activities. Hats off to you, sir, for a career full of truly admirable accomplishments.

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Post by Dean Huster » Thu Jan 15, 2009 2:27 pm

Forrest Mims and Bob Pease both hand-draw the schematics for their articles. The difference is that Bob is to editors as most medical doctors are to pharmacists when it comes to what goes down on paper.

Forrest, welcome to the forum (and to Electro-tech's forum as well). I take it you got tired of Hawaii and wanted to go home? Or was it that deep, primeval draw of the Longhorns?

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Post by Forrest Mims III » Thu Jan 15, 2009 3:04 pm

To sofaspud. Glad to know your father read my column in the Seguin GAZETTE-ENTERPRISE. That column began a decade ago and continues today. The San Antonio EXPRESS-NEWS began running the column ("The Country Scientist") more than two years ago.

To Dean Huster. Great to hear from you. Since 1992 I've taught a college course every spring on the Big Island. This has provided an amazing opportunity to calibrate my atmospheric instruments at Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) at least once a year since. So while I've never lived in Hawaii, I spend around 3 weeks a year there, including 10-11 days at 11,200 feet at MLO.

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Post by Pius » Thu Jan 15, 2009 5:10 pm

What can a struggling, not so young apprentice of electronics say to thank you for your wonderful teaching.
Over the years when working in electronics and robotics you accumulate books and more books. They sit on your library shelf and are pulled out when an idea comes into our heads. I sit at my desk and wonder how will this new circuit work, well I remember that little book on circuits and my hand will reach where it is supposed to be. Your books have served me so well over the years that they will remain for as long as I am able to hold a soldering iron.
I had to study electronics in great earnest because that was the only to learn to build robots and really what else is there that is so much fun and so fascinating.

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Post by GoingFastTurningLeft » Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:08 pm

I remember using that 555 book and another book a whole bunch when I was getting my feet wet back 15 years ago.

Thanks for everything Mr Mims.

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Post by Dean Huster » Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:32 pm

I notice that Universal Radio (http://www.universal-radio.com) carries Forrest's Engineer's Mini Notebooks Volume 1, 2, 3, & 4 for $12.95 each.

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Post by Joseph » Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:38 pm

In my college Electronics course c.1981, we had a text book by Diefenderfer, I think, and the "Cookbook". I kept the latter. Great having a such a talent here.

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