September 1960 Electronics World
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Electronics World, published May 1959
- December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
I though this editorial
from the September 1960 issue of Electronics World magazine was going to
be a eulogy to some dearly departed electronics industry titan, but thankfully it
was a changing-of-the-guard announcement. Those of you who have followed the many
articles scanned and posted from my copies of vintage Electronics World
are familiar with the name Oliver Read (Dr.) as having been the publication's editor
for many years (22 in fact, per the article). W.A. Stockton took over Dr. Reads
editorial duties when he retired from the position. Dr. Read was a ham radio
enthusiast and formerly worked as a designer of amateur radio build-it-yourself
kits. He was also one of the few people permitted to witness and report on the
atom bomb test.
For the Record - A Friend & Associate
By W. A. Stocklin
It is with deepest emotion that we announce that Dr. Oliver Read, Publisher of
Electronics World, has retired from the Ziff-Davis Publishing Company. He was the
guiding light for this publication for the last 22 years and, more recently, he
was both Editor and Publisher of our sister publication, Popular Electronics, as
well as being Publisher of HiFi / Stereo Review.
Dr. Oliver Read, editor emeritus.
Although we are all sorry to see Ollie leave us, his retirement will give him
more time to devote to writing and to electronics product engineering and development,
especially in the marine electronics field. It will also give him some time to enjoy
his many hobbies. He will not be lost to us completely though, since he will continue
to serve as advisor to the Ziff-Davis Electronics Division. Many old-timers, who
are still readers of Electronics World, will remember him prior to his days with
Ziff-Davis when he was working at Utah Radio developing a completely new line of
amateur-radio kits, and writing many articles for this publication. He started as
Technical Editor of Radio News (one of our former names) in November, 1938, and
then progressed rapidly to be named Managing Editor in October, 1941, Editor in
October, 1945, and then Publisher in July, 1956.
When he first started with this publication, with its staff of only two other
people, it was far from being a profitable enterprise. But by 1944, conditions had
changed and we found ourselves the leading publication in our field. Many of our
readers, both in and out of the Armed Forces, during the Second World War will remember
our famous U. S. Army Signal Corps issue in 1944 as a milestone in the field of
We know that we will never forget his reports of the Bikini A-Bomb test in 1946.
This was the fourth atomic explosion, and Ollie was one of those privileged to attend
and witness this history-making event.
Amateur radio is another field in which he obtained recognition. Many present-day
hams will remember Ollie's call, W9ETI, from Chicago and, more recently, W1ETI,
from Connecticut. In addition, he was trustee for WA2GNH, Popular Electronics' Amateur
Radio Station, which is located right in our New York office.
There are those who will remember him for his books. He was author of "The Recording
and Reproduction of Sound" and, more recently, co-author of "From Tin Foil to Stereo-Evolution
of the Phonograph." Both of these books represented fields in which he was greatly
interested in the last few years. Many have seen and enjoyed his collection of old-time
phonographs, which he restored as a labor of love.
Those of us who are close to him will always remember his kindness, gentleness,
and consideration. There is no doubt that we will all miss him since we will not
see him each day as we have for many years, but we do know that his future activities
will be less hectic than publishing inevitably must be. We are sure that we can
speak for his many friends in wishing him good luck in everything that he will be
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