My “one night” turned into three, and I stayed there again later in the trip.
After having lived in Germany, then Czechoslovakia, and finally England from 1939, our family immigrated to the USA in 1946. I worked as draftsman for a year, then went to CCNY and to graduate school at MIT, and in 1954 landed a job with Westinghouse’s Steam Division in Lester, PA But I never went back to England until 1965,
almost 19 years after leaving. trip was due to Westinghouse.
That I I had
finally made such been assigned to
moisture erosion of a crude test facility
low-pressure blades. in the Y-Lab, funded
basic studies participating sponsored by
at the Research Labs, and were bidding on in a larger study of vapor turbine erosion NASA and JPL in connection with proposed
Tuesday and Wednesday were “vacation days.” I arranged to see some old friends and relatives. I also went to Golders Green to see the house where we had lived; it had been bought by a parental cousin, but now another family lived there!
From there I went to see my old school – the Hendon County School – and found that the headmaster during my time there in 1940-’43, was still headmaster! He had “caned” me once for an infraction that I forget, but also wrote a fine recommendation for me years later when I applied to MIT. Unfortunately I got there too late in the day to catch him, but a student kindly took me around to see the changes.
A good deal of research on erosion was being done in Britain, and a conference on it was scheduled at the Royal Society of London on May 27, 1965. I was authorized to attend this conference, to present some of our test results, and to visit several laboratories in the UK as well as Siemens-Schuckert Werke in Germany, with whom we had a technical exchange agreement. I added several vacation days to the trip to extend it to 15 days, and get an “excursion fare package” that actually saved Westinghouse money compared to an ordinary round-trip fare!
I was surely excited by the prospect of revisiting where I had lived, been schooled, and worked in England, and seeing some relatives and old friends – as well as making new professional contacts and learning things of use to Westinghouse.
I left Philadelphia Monday evening, May 24, on a Pan- Am Boeing 707, and arrived in a sunny and warm London very early Tuesday morning. It was the last sunny and warm day in London for more than a week! Very naïvely I had not bothered to make a hotel reservation ahead of time
surely in London there would be no problem finding a
Wrong! At Heathrow, after calling in vain some half dozen hotels, I phoned Westinghouse International’s London office for help. They “shook their heads” and told me that the previous day they had tried thirty hotels to place a visiting corporate vice-president from Switzerland, and finally had to put him in a fifth-rate boarding house! But I persevered, and finally secured a room “for one night only” at the Kensington Close Hotel. This turned out to be fairly large, not opulent but comfortable and reasonably priced, on a quiet side street off Kensington High Street.
More of Frank’s trip will be in the next issue.
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