, Salem, MA


August 6, 2013

Letter: Remembering a co-worker and friend

To the editor:

This is in regard to the obituary of Herbert G. Ryan, 91, in the July 17 Salem News.

Back in the early 1950s, Herbie and I were friends working for Hytron Radio and Electronics Co., owned and operated by Bruce and Lloyd Coffin of Marblehead; Herbie, in commercial engineering and I in manufacturing engineering. At that time, the commercial energy manager was Joseph Guiffrida, who made quite a name for himself by developing the 120-degree method for providing red, white and blue colors to replace the former black-and-white TV sets. In those days, 63 years ago, Hytron was located at the corner of Lafayette and Derby streets, formerly occupied by the East Coast Video Co., across the street from the Salem Fire Department. Hytron later moved its operation to a larger building, where it merged with CBS and became CBS-Hytron, then later CBS, on Endicott Street in Danvers.

Also, since then, the $4 million building was sold to and operated by Sylvania and then Raytheon, presently being used, I believe, by corporate offices.

Who, living today, can remember such names as the attached list: Bob Maher, Felix Paplowski, Bud Tomer, Joe Harmony, John Silva, Ken Dagley, Phil Griffin, Warren Ward, Charlie Thibault, Neil Dooley, Leo Hurley, Chick Frazer, Arthur Brennan, Charlie Cook, Ted Laffie, Joe Averie, Larry Barrett, Sid Merritt, Y.C. Hu, Jim Gears, Ed Wright, Charlie and Eddie Butcher, Tom and Eddie Spears, Warren and Wayne Andrews, John Letvinchuck, Herbie Osgood, Ashley Hall, Larry Meinerth, and in the front office, Mary Skerski, Isabele Rhoedes, Paulinne Ritter and on the production floor, Annabel?

I apologize if I missed anyone, but after 63 years, my memory is not what it once was in the early 1950s.

One thing I do remember quite well is a radio tube called the 6BN6, known as the gated-beam amplifier. It was quite different from the normal radio tubes and the one I wrote about for my college thesis. What was a pleasant opportunity was to manufacture that same tube at CBS-Hytron. It was a privilege that I will always remember. In closing, I offer my best regards to the few old Hytron friends who are still alive today.

Ken Green





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