In Memoriam: Clarence Gass, 1941-2019

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Travis Butler
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Re: Vale Clarence

Tom Caldwell wrote:

I sometimes wonder how optical repairmen could make money out of their repair activities considering how time consuming my stumbling attempts usually are.

I suppose it is because it is a skilled craft and experience makes it easier.

Our own modest steps never really give us enough experience to make our work easy. At least my experience tells me “I have a fair chance of fixing” on one hand and “I should leave well enough alone” for others. I have a few “I should not have tried to fix”, but the essence still is - if you have never failed then perhaps you have never tried.

Amen to that.

I'd spent at least 3-4 hours messing with that Takumar 400 before taking it to him.

He had it fixed in about 15 minutes.

79 years old. And he had it fixed in 15 minutes.

It was a pleasure just standing there and watching him work. He knew the tools, he knew how to use them, and his actions were fast and precise.

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