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One of those "six degrees" things

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by mhammer, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Browsing through the obits this morning, I saw a rather lengthy one for a Noreen Toole. Skimming it, the phrase "National Research Council" jumped out. Looking a little closer, I saw she was a native New Brunswicker, and was married to Floyd (also a son of New Brunswick). Ah, THAT Floyd Toole. He's the guy that the engineering building at UNB Fredericton is named after, the guy that wrote countless (and countlessly referenced) papers in Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (some of which I have Xeroxed and yellowing in my many binders) and who brought blind A/B speaker-testing to prominence. After a long career at the NRC, he became the VP-Engineering at Harman Industries, the company whose brands include: AKG, Crown, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, dbx, DigiTech, Mark Levinson, Soundcraft, and Studer. Chances are pretty good that you use gear he oversaw development of, either as a musician (e.g., Whammy pedal), as a studio or sound reinforcement person (Soundcraft, Studer, Crown, Lexicon), or simply in your home stereo system. They had been married for 58 years.
     
  2. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

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    Very interesting. I love "six degrees" stuff.
     
  3. Doug Gifford

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    I was Kiefer Sutherland's camp counsellor. Making me about three degrees from *everybody*.
     
  4. player99

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    Is Floyd still with us?
     
  5. sambonee

    sambonee Gold Member

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    I was disappointed when digitech was shelved so to say. Aren’t Harman companies all in the aire after some sort of sale/purchase?
     
  6. mhammer

    mhammer

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    Floyd IS still with us, and I believe Digitech is as well, despite some turbulence. Their website indicates DOD products on sale now at 30-70% off. DigiTech Effects Pedals though not clear how much longer they will be with us.
     
  7. tomee2

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    I too have the Floyd Toole papers in a binder. He really helped put the NRC and a few Canadian speaker companies on the world stage for loudspeaker acoustics in the 80s and 90s. Energy was one that I can think of. Paradigm too I think.

    I have a digitech modeling pedal (given to me a few years ago when I got started in guitar) that really like, despite it being 20+ years old now.
     
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