Membership News

New Cincinnati Section Senior Member
The Cincinnati Section would like to congratulate its newest Senior Member,

Clayton Sippola

whose upgrade application was recently approved.

If you are interested in upgrading your membership to Senior Member, please contact any member of the Executive Committee. You can also see our PACE Chair, Brian Resnick, or any other member of the Executive Committee immediately following any Section Meeting.

The following individuals are IEEE members who are new to our Section:

Javon D. Carson
Ningjie Chen
Robert A. Clemens
Luke C. Dininger
Pradipto Ghosh
Pete Johnson
Jonathan A. Kopechek
Jeffrey A. Kruth
Rajesh Narsimha
Justin P. Schroeder
Balasubramanian Sethuraman
Michael D. Simms
Ramesh Srinivasan
Nicholas R. Ustick
Nicholas J. Ventre
Junfang Wang
Junmei Zhong

We wish to welcome these new members to the Cincinnati Section!!!

History – Electrical Technologies in the Movies

Electrical Technologies in the Movies : Jukeboxes

Submitted by Bob Morrison, Editor
Reprinted from IEEE History Center Newsletter, Issue #73, March 2007

In the late 19th century there were coin-operated weighing machines and gum-dispensing machines. In 1889 a man by the name of Louis Glass equipped an Edison phonograph with a nickel-in-the-slot operating device and placed this forerunner of the jukebox in a San Francisco saloon. The machine was so well received that by mid-1891 more than a thousand coin-operated phonographs were in use. Such machines were battery-operated because at that time electric current was not available in most places. Many of the machines were in so-called “phonograph parlors,” which, with the addition of other coin-operated entertainment devices, evolved into penny arcades. Machines that could change the record cylinders or disks automatically, according to customer choice, began appearing in 1905. The coin-operated phonograph business peaked shortly after the turn of the century, in part because of the growth of the home-phonograph market and in part because the lack of effective amplification limited the appeal of the coin-operated machines. Continue reading