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Old 08-23-2012, 10:56 PM   #11
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I missed this one by a long shot....

I guess I am to young!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #12
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Nice,, the Lionel company (Makers of the model train) used to be in S.E. Michigan, then they moved to Mexico to save labor cost. Of course the quality of the product followed the labor cost (WENT WAY DOWN) Finally they gave up on Mexico as a bad idea and moved back to S.E. Michigan (one of the two locations was Clarkston as I recall).

Alas it was too little too late, the Mexican el-cheapo labor had done the damage, the company never recovered from the reputation hit they took and they wound up in bankruptcy.

now tell me what the connection is between that J-38 and and that annoying pink bunny that keeps going and going and going?
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:37 PM   #13
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Answers, the ones that I know anyway. Five carriers were sunk at Midway. Four of them Kaga, Akagi, Soryu, and Hiryu, were Japanese. The fifth one, Yorktown, was American, and her commander was Elliott Buckmaster, CAPT, USN. He survived. Buckmaster was a radio ham, and I've always wondered what his callsign was.
Found it! Elliott Buckmaster's callsign was W6SNL.

Not only that, but:

General Curtis E LeMay was W6EZY.

Col. Paul W Tibbets (pilot of Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima), was K4ZVZ. His radar countermeasures officer was Jacob Beser, W3NOD.

Lawson P "Red" Ramage (One of the bravest men who ever lived, earned Medal of Honor as Captain of submarine USS Parche) was KB3DE.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:43 PM   #14
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Here is a related question
What connection, if any, exists between Lionel Model Trains, and the Eveready battery?
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Gotta be two connections. One for the positive terminal, and one for the negative.
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The CEO and founder of the company (Lionel was his middle name) invented a device which consisted of a battery (one or more cells) and a light bulb, in a tubular holder with a switch... His intent was to "plant' them in planters to highlight the plants...

It did not do well so he basically gave it (sold it for very little) to one of his employees

Who founded the Everready Flashlight Company.. And manufactured the identical product as what we call a flashlight to this very day.
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probably would have worked if he hadn't kept watering the plants and causing a short.
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Lionel Toy Co. also mass produced thousands of J-38 telegraph keys for the WWII effort.

I think they may have been marked "Lionel" (not all J-38s were made by Lionel) but if you have one it might be worth a little money... little because so many were produced.
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Here you go. Finally found the pic. You know it's a Lionel because it says so on the box.
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