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Remembering John Ainsworth

Well known sales expert at Lafert N.A. succumbs to cancer We at Electrical Apparatus were sad to learn of the death last week of John Ainsworth. John, a veteran in the Southern Ontario motor industry and a longtime EASA member, worked in the motor industry for over 35 years; first in the service sector of […]

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T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91

Oil industry titan promoted renewable energy sources later in life One of the oil industry’s most celebrated—and controversial—individuals, T. Boone Pickens, died Tuesday at the age of 91. Pickens was a noted donator to Oklahoma State University, his alma mater and home state’s school. He passed away of natural causes on September 11, leaving behind […]

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Electrocutions Strike Mining Facilities

MSHA reports two accidental electrical deaths in West Va., Louisiana In somber news, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reported two fatalities due to electrocution in the month of August, one in West Virginia and one in Louisiana. The first, which occurred on August 7, occurred at the South Hollow Prep Plant and Loadout […]

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Dawn Misko Remembered

EASA Customer Service Specialist worked at the association for 20 years On April 4, we lost a wonderful person and recognizable face in the EASA community. EASA’s own Dawn Misko, a customer service specialist for 20 years, passed away at age 48, the association announced Monday on its Facebook page.

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James Estes

Esteemed cartoonist passes away at age 77 EA learned of sad news this week, as one of our longtime contributors passed away at the age of 77. James Estes was one of the EA cartoonists who brought “Cy’s Super Service” to life, the trusted comic strip in every monthly issue of Electrical Apparatus. He also […]

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FERC’s McIntyre Dies

Was praised for rejection to coal bailout plan, energy storage Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Kevin McIntyre died on Wednesday, according to a report from E&E News. He was 57 years old. McIntyre withdrew as FERC’s chairman in October, as health reasons had caused him to miss two monthly meetings. As FERC chairman, he led the commission […]

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Thomas “Ricky” Wright, Jr.

Lifelong employee of Electric Motor Shop in Wake Forest passes away This week, EA’s thoughts are with Electric Motor Shop, of Wake Forest, N.C., as it mourns the passing of one of its keystone members: Thomas Richard “Ricky” Wright, Jr., who passed away November 4. A native of Wake Forest, Ricky graduated from Wake Forest […]

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Elsie Dickson Barks, 1923-2018

Remembering our publisher & co-founder Elsie Dickson Barks, Publisher Emeritus of Electrical Apparatus magazine and co-founder of Barks Publications, Inc., died at her home in Chicago on December 7, 2018, at the age of 95. Mrs. Barks was born November 26, 1923, in Masterton, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Harry Ellis Dickson and Faye Pryor Dickson. She attended […]

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Obituary: Bill Swiger

Swiger Coil founder and industry fixture passes away William E. Swiger, Sr., founder of Swiger Coil Systems, Inc., passed away this week at the age of 92. Mr. Swiger, known as Bill, was the formative mind behind Swiger Coil, the Cleveland-based coil manufacturer now owned by Wabtec. Swiger—the company—has enriched the pages of Electrical Apparatus, […]

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Kopp Shop

Buffalo native, 77, brought us the surge protector When it comes to successful inventions, a recorded lineage of hits and misses exists in consumer electronics. Practicality is the name of the game; and safety can often be the genesis of that requirement. Harold P. Kopp, who passed away last month at age 77, put a […]

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