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Post# 87837   1/2/2010 at 01:15 (3,573 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        

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Happy anniversary everybody!

Post# 87875 , Reply# 1   1/2/2010 at 15:26 (3,572 days old) by gsohoover (Greensboro, NC)        

Happy anniversary VCCC.

Post# 87899 , Reply# 2   1/2/2010 at 22:32 (3,572 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
Hats off to YOU

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Alex. Look at what you began!

Post# 88017 , Reply# 3   1/3/2010 at 20:49 (3,571 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        
Thank you

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Actually, what John Lucia and I began.

Without him this club would never have happened. I couldn't do it alone, and John had a great deal of Hoover history which went into our second newsletter. Also, because of John, Stacy Krammes, director of the Hoover Historical Center took us under her wing. She talked to the top brass, pulled strings and indirectly was responsible for getting the word out there. In fact John and I made her an honorary member of the club when we had our first outside convention in 1994. But as Hoover was John's interest, I leave the rest up to him.

Though John and I havent seen each other in about 15 years, the friendship is still there, and my respect for him is limitless. He certainly should share in the glory of this, for he is the VACUUM CLEANER COLLECTOR'S CLUB!

Alex Taber

Post# 88046 , Reply# 4   1/3/2010 at 22:11 (3,571 days old) by portable (Corvallis, OR)        
Thanks Alex -

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We had fun in the olden days. Stacey was a cool lady. I wonder if she's still alive? And Skip Marquardt, the Models and Samples Supervisor? Remember our later trip to the Factory, when Bob Kautzman flirted with all the ladies of the PR Department? Them was the dayz......

Post# 88049 , Reply# 5   1/3/2010 at 22:22 (3,571 days old) by luxg ()        

Thanks for the reminder Alex, we are all so blessed to have this club and the wonderful friendships we have all made here.

Post# 88072 , Reply# 6   1/4/2010 at 01:56 (3,571 days old) by caligula (Benton, Pa)        
Hi John

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Yes, I often think back on those days.

Of us searching to find the graves of the all Hoover family members, which were not in the same place, and the grave of Murray J. Spangler.
Of our interview with Jackie Love, which she couldn't publish (because I was still a training manager for Kirby)! Meeting that engineer by the name of Bill Smiley, who had helped design the early brush rolls and was one of the guys who told boss Hoover to "move the wheels back"!
He talked to us for hours. His wife was so grateful that somebody cared. I think those were the final months of his life. But I think my favorite memory is of the factory tour and the two women in the disposable bag department up on the third floor. One looked at the other and said
"I don't know who they are, Hoover gives a lot of tours but nobody gets to the third floor"!

Oh yes, the models vault! That was off limits to all Hoover personell, but we got in!

Remember the look on Stacy's face when we handed her that 'Outstanding Achievement Award'? She had no idea about that. And the first bit of bad press following that convention? The reporter didn't want to cover a 'vacuum cleaner' story. He not only put us down for being adults playing with vacuum cleaners, but insulted the Hoover company as well. Stacy Krammes, and Jackie Love were absolutely livid. Our only bad press as I look back.

We did good buddy! put the vacuum cleaner to good use and brought people together. To think we both thought we were the only ones who had this interest.

It's been an amazing 27 years, thanks for spending the early years with me and for some truly great newsletters.

With my deep respect,

Alex Taber

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