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The Caretaker of Heating History

HeatingHelpHeatingHelp Posts: 247
edited August 20 in THE MAIN WALL
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The Caretaker of Heating History

Remembering the Starbuck family and their impact on plumbing and heating history

Read the full story here


Comments

  • BradHotNColdBradHotNCold Posts: 32Member
    “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
    ― Winston S. Churchill
    Perfectly describes you as well, Dan!
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,465Member
    Thanks for sharing that again, Dan. Great story. You’ve planted a lot of seeds for me and the R.M. Starbuck books were one of them. I have 6 in my collection now, and they’re not the reprints. Fun stuff. There’s even R.M. Starbuck tools on eBay.
    Steve Minnich
    Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,465Member
    Update - There was. I just bought the last Starbuck wrench. 😊
    Steve Minnich
    Tell me I can't, and I'll show you I can.
  • HenryHenry Posts: 914Member
    I cannot be at the Wetstock event in NY. Ask Dan to show you my collection of books that I donated.
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,705Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, guys.
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEAM DOCTORSTEAM DOCTOR Posts: 909Member
    @DanHolohan. I am actually driving up to New Hampshire next week. Is Doug still around? Do you think that he would be willing to give a wide eyed steam man a tour? Feel free to PM me if thay works better. Thanks
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,705Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I wrote that story more than 20 years ago. Doug scrapped the inventory, sold the building and went to work for UConn in their Maintenance Department not long after. I haven't heard from him in many years.

    I'm glad that the telling keeps some of it alive. It was quite a place, and Doug was someone I'll never forget.
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEAM DOCTORSTEAM DOCTOR Posts: 909Member
    Bummer
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,705Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Yes, no one was interested in keeping the doors open. He tried and tried.
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEAM DOCTORSTEAM DOCTOR Posts: 909Member
    Certainly dont blame him. The silver lining is that my wife will be very happy.
  • John RuhnkeJohn Ruhnke Posts: 797Member
    Great story! Wish I could of visited that place before they closed it down.
    John Ruhnke
    Hydronics Designer
    Hydronics is the most comfortable and energy efficient HVAC system.
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