Friday, August 22, 2014

Spending The Day on the Chesapeake Bay with Garry Jakoby

Long time friend and Sun employee - Garry Jakoby - invited us to spend the day with him on his 41' yacht last Saturday.  What a GREAT day!  Perfect weather and a perfect time.  Thanks Garry!

Above is Garry, Julie and me at the Annapolis Yacht Club

Below is Julie and Garry on the yacht.

Above is the famous Thomas Point Light House we went by on the way to have lunch at St. Michaels

Below is St. Michaels

Above is pulling in to St. Michaels.  Garry controls this 41' yacht better than I can control a car.

Below is Kent Narrows restaurants.

Below is the bridge at Kent Narrows.  We had a great lunch at The Crab Claw.

Above is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge
Below is the Annapolis area near Spa Creek

Above is Garry's yacht and below Julie and I are having a drink at "Ego Alley" in Annapolis

Spending The Afternoon With Dick Morley - Priceless

In 2000, Dick Morley and I gave talks at AMT's Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico.  I was speaking on the Internet and Dick was giving one of his incredible talks on manufacturing. Dick and I had lunch in Puerto Rico and we discussed open source and manufacturing.  When I got back to the DC area, I sent Dick a copy of Eric Raymond's book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Fast Forward 14 years.  Dick is now a Director at Memex Automation. When I asked how we were asking Dick to help Memex Automation, outside of the duties of being a Director, we were not working with Dick as closely as I would have thought.  I told Dave McPhail, our CEO, that I would like to reach out to Dick.  Thomas Smeenk, our VP of BD at Memex Automation, reached out to Dick.  Dick was very generous and said he would enjoy it if I made the trip up to New Hampshire to visit him.

Below is from Dick's homepage at

"Dick Morley is best known as the father of the programmable controller and is the leading visionary in the field of advanced technological development. He is also an entrepreneur whose consistent successes in the founding of high technology companies has been demonstrated through more than three decades of revolutionary achievements. Mr. Morley is the recipient of the Franklin Institute's prestigious Howard N. Potts Award and is an inductee of the Automation Hall of Fame. He holds more than twenty US and foreign patents, including those for the parallel inference machine, the hand-held terminal, the programmable logic controller and magnetic thin film. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of National Center of Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS), Director at Large for the Society Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Using his studies in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a springboard, Dick Morley has become an internationally recognized pioneer in the fields of computer design, artificial intelligence, automation and technology trend forecasting. As an inventor, author, consultant and engineer Dick Morley has provided the Research and Development community with world changing innovations.

For many years, Dick Morley was a contributing columnist to Manufacturing Systems Magazine. He has also written articles for magazines and journals worldwide including Manufacturing Automation Magazine. In recognition for his ground breaking contributions, Mr. Morley has received numerous awards and honors from such diverse groups as Inc. Magazine (Entrepreneur of the Year), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Albert M. Sargent Progress Award)"

I flew up to see Dick this past Tuesday the 19th.  We discussed mostly physics - which was fascinating for me.  We then went into a variety of topics and then discussed Memex Automation and where we should take the technology.

Above is Dick and I having lunch at a GREAT restaurant near his house called, Parkers Maple Barn.  Dick drew out on the back of the placemat how he invented the PLCBelow is a photo of that placemat. That was a lunch I will never forget.

Below is Dick in The Barn after we got back from lunch.  I gave him a copy of my book (on the table) MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, since MTConnect is very important to Memex Automation and manufacturing.  It was a GREAT day and I am extremely glad that Dick wants to work closely with me and Memex Automation!

Corvettes at Carlisle 2014

I met John Meyer and Mike Geldner up at Carlisle, PA for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle 2014.

Below is the MONSTER 2015 Corvette Z06!  650hp! We were there for the official introduction at the grandstand by the GM team.

Below is John Meyer and me with one of John's groupies that follow him around whenever he is in public.  In my next life, I want to be John Meyer! :-)

Below is a C2 Corvette with an LS9 supercharged engine.  638hp in a 1960 class Corvette.  Very cool!

John in 2015 Corvette Stingray coupe below.

Me in 2015 Corvette Stingray coupe below.  The plan is to sell my 1998 C5 next year and then take museum delivery in the fall of 2015 for my 2016 Corvette Stingray.