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Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on December 27, 2018, 02:49 AM:
It's my birthday today. Where does the time go? It seems only yesterday that I had my first projector on my twelfth birthday in 1946.

I can still see the grey box containing a hand turned Hunter (Bingoscope) 9.5mm. It was new at 7/17/6. I only had the one film for some time, second-hand, a film with an odd title that nobody else wanted to buy. It was an M reel called "Tenth Olympiad". On projection it turned out to be a very short record of the 1932 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. I loved it and ran it most days!

Later was added "Pathways Of Perfection" (Railways), "Bonzo The Traveller" and a comedy "Moonshine".

I progressed to a 16mm Kodak C, and then when things got sorted out after the war Specto announced the sale of newly manufactured projectors. This was expensive at 37/10/0 but I saved up and bought one. A wonderful projector. Now I could hire 9.5mm films as it had sprockets. (Libraries didn't offer hire to owners of projectors which only had a claw for film transportation.)

After doing National Service in 1953 and 1954 I saved up enough to buy a 16mm sound Bell & Howell when I was demobbed. It was a pre-war American model 138, a black forerunner of the famous wooden blimp models. For some I did mobile projection around Somerset with it using a 6000ft nonstop system.

Now, as I look at my large collection of films and projectors in Super 8, 9.5mm silent and sound, and 16mm, I can see how things have progressed since 1946 including a lifetime of professional 35mm projection.
Posted by Maurizio Di Cintio (Member # 144) on December 27, 2018, 03:39 AM:
Happy Birthday, Maurice! One curious thing to mention is the both of us, in addition to sharing our given names, received our first projectors at age 12. Mine was a Sankyo Sound 301 and was purchased by my father in February 1982; it was bought through mail order and unfortunately it arrived long past my birthday but I was happy anyway.

My best wishes to you, then.
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on December 27, 2018, 04:05 AM:
Happy birthday, Maurice !
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on December 27, 2018, 06:20 AM:
Happy Birthday Maurice, i'd give you a projector but you already have a hundred [Big Grin] [Big Grin] [Wink]
Posted by David Skillern (Member # 607) on December 27, 2018, 10:04 AM:
Happy Birthday Maurice,

I hope you have a good one and screen something special.
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on December 27, 2018, 10:55 AM:
Happy Birthday Maurice! And many more to come! I got my first projector , a Pathescope ACE, when I was 14, and the thrill of projecting my first 9.5mm movie (the 60ft Northwest Justice) has never faded. What an incredibly happy hobby this is, and how fortunate we all are to have you as a regular contributor to this forum. [Smile]
Posted by Barry Fritz (Member # 1865) on December 27, 2018, 11:01 AM:
Happy Birthday Maurice!
Posted by Osi Osgood (Member # 424) on December 27, 2018, 11:42 AM:
The year my Dad was born, but I dare say, (somewhat sadly) that I know you better than my own dad.

Best wishes for many healthy and happy years to come!

Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on December 27, 2018, 02:52 PM:
Have a very happy birthday Maurice!

I also got my first projector at the age of 12......there may be more than meets the eye here!

Posted by Trevor Adams (Member # 42) on December 27, 2018, 03:11 PM:
Happy Birthday Maurice! Think we all tend to start out in the same fashion!
Posted by Mark Todd (Member # 96) on December 27, 2018, 03:36 PM:
Happy Birthday Maurice , many amazing Cine years, and still going strong with the old home hobby too.

Best Wishes Mark.
Posted by Panayotis A. Carayannis (Member # 1220) on December 28, 2018, 06:00 AM:
Happy birthday. I wish you another 70 years of collecting!!
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on December 29, 2018, 02:58 AM:
Thank you very much everyone for your kind responses. I'll keep taking the tablets.

Morning - Amlodipine (to control blood pressure)
Night-time - Atorvastatin (to lower blood cholesterol)

Also a daily half-hour brisk walk to pound the heart.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on December 29, 2018, 03:18 AM:
Happy birthday Maurice and every good wish from us all here including the Eumigs. [Big Grin]
Posted by Phil Murat (Member # 5148) on December 29, 2018, 07:40 AM:
Hello Maurice,
A bit late to wish you a happy Birthday and a bit early to wish a happy and healthy New year.
I am away from my computer at this time and using a backup epad (writing with a single finger, unconfortable ......)
Take care
Posted by Mathew James (Member # 4581) on December 29, 2018, 11:13 AM:
I know someone who shares their birthday with Dec 25th.
They always seemed to feel either ripped off for presents/parties or doubly gifted, depending [Smile]
I guess you too are close enough to get double presents! Hope you had a good day Maurice!
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on December 29, 2018, 02:56 PM:
Indeed, Mathew
"Now, this is for Christmas and your Birthday."
However, one of my daughters has a birthday today, the 29th. [Smile]

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