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

President's Space

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

President's Space

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Ivan Risley Resigns from Whatsits; Jim Packham Takes Over

An important activity, identifying unknown tools-early called What's It?, that moved on to What's Its, Whatsit, and now Whatsits-has played an important part in EAIA meetings and publications over the years. It's been a major way for us to develop knowledge of early American industries by looking at a specific tool and trying to figure out what it was used for. The identification of Whatsits has also given us the opportunity to team up as members, especially during meetings, as we ask our questions and give our thoughts. We have learned so much from each other and have had fun with it.

Our current Whatsits Chairman, Ivan Risley of Overland Park, Kansas, who joined EAIA in 1966, recently submitted his resignation because poor health made him less able to attend meetings. He became chairman in 1989 and for fifteen years has provided valuable leadership for this important activity in our organization. I have enjoyed his Whatsits sessions and have learned a lot from his impressive knowledge that he presented with wonderful humor in many annual meetings which he traveled long distances to attend well before he became chairman. His expertise comes from information and experience gained from running two or three of his tool auctions a year for a long time. He donated his experience by leading some of our annual meeting tool auctions years ago. …

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