Threshing The Wheat From The Chaff

| January/February 1970

  • Threshing scene
    Courtesy of Old Time Threshers & Sawmill Operators, Fort Wayne, Indiana Threshing scene at the 1968 Old Time Thresher Show. Picture by Leo R. Clark, 105 Harvey St., Washington, Illinois.
    Leo R. Clark

  • Threshing scene

I wish to thank those who ordered the steam engine records at Wauseon, Ohio-N.T.A. and during the weeks following, for their patience. I had ordered a supply of the record discs on which these are made, way back on July first. ALLIED RADIO CORP. of Chicago cashed my check on July third and it was returned through the bank to me. After waiting weeks for delivery, I was notified the record discs were on back order and a special order sent for me would be expected around Sept. 2nd. On Sept. 18th I got a letter saying they were already shipped. After waiting more weeks, and the shipment not arriving, I went to bat to learn the reason why. Usually I received my order from ALLIED in around six days. But now it was reaching toward the middle of October and no record discs. After three long-distance phone calls, costing me around six dollars extra, and several additional notes of inquiry, I soon realized the right-hand didn't know what the left-hand was doing and neither did the computer. First one young lady would answer the phone with the usual promises, but no results. Next time another young lady would answer and still no results. The third time another answered only to admit that they no longer handled the record discs and admitting my money should be returned.

I replied, 'If you don't handle the record discs, why did they cash my check back on July third and keep promising to send them? They could've told me then that they no longer handled the discs - and I could've been getting them elsewhere.'

Even then, after all the promises, neither did the record discs come - nor was my money returned. Finally it required a firm, stiff note to demand that my money be refunded.

Never had my orders previously been so delayed, or had I ever been treated so shoddily at ALLIED before. All this confusion and delay - now that the offices are no doubt computerized to expedite delivery and eliminate confusion !

Meantime I've been gradually catching up with the back orders for the steam engine records which are not mass-produced like Bing Crosby records, but made one at a time on order.

However, while waiting on the record discs, I've been doing a little thinking. One can't help but wonder what's gone wrong with the Russian space program? What has happened to the ten year lead the Soviet space program had over ours, when in 1957 they sneaked the first little sputnik up into orbit around the earth during the International Geophysical Year - leaving us quite apprehensive and frightened at the portent of Russian technology?


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