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Southwest Museum of Engineering,
Communications and Computation

               BIO Ed Sharpe



- Ed Sharpe always has been passionate about technology, even as a young boy. "When I was a kid, as my compatriots were out throwing dirt clods at each other, I was building radios," says the 50-year-old archivist of the Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation.


- As a child, Sharpe soaked up as much information as he could about technology, spending hours with adults who were knowledgeable about the field. Retirees, in particular, proved to be incredible resources.

"They were the best because they had time on their hands," Sharpe says, "and you could go by after school and pester those poor guys and they'd teach you anything you wanted to learn."


- Education of the public on the history of technology is important.

"By understanding where we came from, we have a better understanding of how to go forward," Sharpe says.


- The Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation, in Glen­dale, occupies 2,000 square feet of the Coury House, include a cross-sectional history on RCA products such as radios and electron microscopes; a rural electrification display that shows how American farms became electrified; an office-automation display with phone switchboards and Dictaphone machines, military communications, radar and countermeasures; and an early computer display that has some of the first computers.



- Originally a smaller-scale museum  was part, of Computer Exchange Inc., a Phoenix business Sharpe once owned.


"Every day artifacts that depict the history of engineering and science hit the landfill," he says. "We need to preserve our technological heritage."


- The Museum is located at 5802 W. Palmaire Ave., Glendale. Admission is free, and tours are provided from noon to 3 p.m. by appointment Tuesday through Saturday.'


- Sharpe  is a member of  the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS),  Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), Independent Feature Project (IFP) (IFP/PHX), Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation (SMECC) member of the national Media Communications Association-International Association (MCAI) and other associations.




Ed Sharpe and Barry Goldwater in Goldwater's Radio Room





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