Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

2004 Annual Meeting Awards

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

2004 Annual Meeting Awards

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Long Time Service Awards, J.D. Hatch Award Honor Four

Three awards were presented on Saturday, May 15, 2004, at the Double Tree Hotel In Wilmington, Delaware, at the business meeting following the banquet.



Terry Hansen has been with us since 1985. In the fall of 1994 he applied for the job of editing Shavings. It was his first effort at editing a periodical; however, his doctorate in English and experience as a college teacher had prepared him well.

Since his first issue for March/April 1995 we all have appreciated his efforts to produce Shavings. For the past nine years (except for the last 1998 issue when undergoing extensive chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant) he has spent every other month putting material together. An average of 35-40 hours goes into putting together each issue. He tells us that he is rarely at a loss for material and apologizes that most of the time there is too much material. Some never gets into Shavings.

Terry Hansen lives just outside Fort Smith, Arkansas. he is fifty-six years old, married with two children-a fourteen-year-old daughter and an eleven-year-old son. he has been a teacher most of his adult life, teaching composition and American literature in a junior college. The effects from cancer forced his retirement in 1998. His wife is the metro editor of the Times Record, Fort Smith's daily newspaper.

Not long after he earned his degree, he realized he was as much interested in hand tools and woodworking as in American literature. His interest in hand tools comes from two events which happened about graduation time. he needed a bookcase and then he decided he could build one better than the K-Mart models that were afforded on a graduate school's salary. He was hooked.

After the bookcase, he soon began to build other things in his spare time. His biggest and most ambitious project was a 12' x 14' portable shed that he used as a workshop. It was designed so that it could be disassembled, put in the back of a U-Haul, and set up somewhere else.

The projects he is most proud of are his workbench and the two cradles he made for his children when they were born. Since the onset of cancer he has been somewhat limited in his choice of projects and has turned more to collecting than building.

It is important to Terry that Shavings looks as attractive and inviting to read as possible. Terry has stated that, "The EAIA is too important an organization; it's crucial our publications reflect our leadership in the tool world."

Terry was not able to attend the meeting, and Toby Hall accepted the award for him.

Don Riley, Presenter


Bill McMillen was practically born a member of EAIA. His father, Loring McMillen, joined the EAIA in 1933, not at the first meeting but later in that year after after reading about this new group in the New York City newspapers. Loring remained active until his death in 1991. …

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