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The Caretaker of Heating History

HeatingHelp
HeatingHelp Posts: 493
edited August 2019 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


Tinman

Comments

  • BradHotNCold
    BradHotNCold Member Posts: 66
    “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
    ― Winston S. Churchill
    Perfectly describes you as well, Dan!
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,797
    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
  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,797
    Update - There was. I just bought the last Starbuck wrench. 😊
    Steve Minnich
  • Henry
    Henry Member Posts: 995
    I cannot be at the Wetstock event in NY. Ask Dan to show you my collection of books that I donated.
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,177
    Thanks, guys.
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEAM DOCTOR
    STEAM DOCTOR Member Posts: 1,564
    @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
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,177
    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 DOCTOR
    STEAM DOCTOR Member Posts: 1,564
    Bummer
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,177
    Yes, no one was interested in keeping the doors open. He tried and tried.
    Retired and loving it.
  • STEAM DOCTOR
    STEAM DOCTOR Member Posts: 1,564
    Certainly dont blame him. The silver lining is that my wife will be very happy.
    Erin Holohan HaskellSeanBeans
  • John Ruhnke
    John Ruhnke Member Posts: 882
    Great story! Wish I could of visited that place before they closed it down.
    I am the walking Deadman
    Hydronics Designer
    Hydronics is the most comfortable and energy efficient HVAC system.