Century of plastics issue informative
I am writing to thank Bill Bregar and the other staff for the Aug. 6 issue of Plastics News, ``Celebrating a Century of Plastics.'' It was a totally interesting read that contained some information that I was not aware of.
My wife, Patsy, and I had lunch with Susan Mossman in London this past July. We toured Susan's new ``100 Years of Plastics'' exhibit at the Science Museum, which is very well done.
On the following weekend, we were able to attend the British Plastics Historical Society's celebration of the ``Century of Dr. Baekeland's Invention of Bakelite,'' held at Stratford-upon-Avon. John Russell, PHS chairman and a longtime Bakelite employee in the United Kingdom, gave the keynote address. The floods in the Midlands made traveling an adventure. Some people couldn't get through to the event, but it was still a success.
The Europeans are definitely much more interested in the history of things than Americans. Be that as it may, I believe the vast majority of your subscribers will read and enjoy all of the issue's historical articles.
Please accept my compliments on an important job done well.
Glenn L. Beall
Smithsonian archive holds plastics history
I enjoyed your recent edition with the special report on the history of plastics. As the deputy chair of the archives center of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, I was struck by just how many of our collections are directly related to topics covered in the section.
Your readers may benefit from learning about the archives center and our plastics-related collections such as the J. Harry DuBois Collection on ``The History of Plastics,'' Celluloid Corp. records, Albany Billiard Ball Co. records, Leo H. Baekeland papers, Earl Tupper papers and the Formica Collection, to name just a few.
For more information, visit the archives center Web site at americanhistory.si.edu/archives/home.htm, or direct inquiries to [email protected]
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Stories encourage industry to push on
Reporter Bill Bregar and your staff are to be commended for reminding us of the rich heritage of our industry. Many of us who have had the privilege of knowing and working with some of the individuals named in your articles truly enjoyed the trip through history.
The National Plastics Center, the Society of the Plastics Industry, the Plastics Pioneers Association and the Society of Plastics Engineers will continue to pursue the goal of increasing public awareness of the wonders of plastics in our daily lives. Your article reminds us of all that is right ``in our house,'' and encourages us to carry the torch forward by teaching and motivating future generations to find new and improved applications for plastics and polymers.
Jay L. Gardiner
Gardiner Plastics Inc.
Port Jefferson, N.Y.