Wednesday, October 05, 2016

A Smoky Adventure

It started like so many other ideas. Two long-time friends enjoying a pub dinner halfway through their first beer, one friend says to the other, “Wanna backpack the entire Smoky Mountains National Park using the Appalachian Trail? It's only about 75 miles.” The other friend finished his beer, set down the mug, and simply said “I'm in.”

That is how my Great Smoky Mountain adventure of last month came to be. Jeff and I have

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

David Leonard Gudorf - Eulogy

David Leonard Gudorf 
July 28, 1935 - June 4, 2016
“Be Not Afraid. I go before you always.”

Simple yet powerful words of faith from our heavenly Father that underscore the spirit of David Leonard Gudorf; the Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa and friend whom we celebrate today.

While we each mourn Dad’s passing in our own private way, we can all take comfort in knowing that Dad is finally at peace.

As the oldest of Dave and Marion’s 8 kids and 54 grand-kids and great-grand-kids, (what a crew!) let us celebrate Dad by remembering the heart of the man we dearly loved.

Dad was a salesman in the very best sense of the word. He had the gift of  gab for storytelling. However, he also went through phases where a single word said it all.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

What's A Speaker Manufacturer To Do?

Back in the days when Hi Fi ruled the audio world, the pursuit of the ultimate sound quality was a near singular vision among the best of the speaker manufacturers. It was truly an analog art-form in a pre-digital world and a list of favorite models from that era makes for a long walk down memory lane; Acoustic Research’s small and mighty AR 18 or their way big brother the AR 9, Infinity’s Reference Standard IRS-IIb (heavenly),  Ohm’s Walsh 4, Definitives, DCM… insert your favorite memory here, the list goes on and on.

Designers of that day combined the best of minerals and materials, some quite exotic and expensive, into lovingly crafted analog sound producing statement pieces. And while cost was a constant tradeoff against craftsmanship in this analog world, short of live musical performances, these designers crafted some of the absolutely most astounding speakers to be enjoyed right in the comfort of one’s living room.

Today however, the speaker manufacturer’s world has been totally rocked by the digitization