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June 15, 2002 Mountain View Insulator Show Report
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The June 2002 Mountain View show, hosted as always by Dave Elliott, started this morning at 9am.

This show has better attendance every year, and this year we had some sustained jostling for the first time; hats off to all. Sales were reported to be good (I sold half my glass and a box lot of non-glass, non-porcelain).

Your journey begins late, late, too late one Saturday morning...

Trusty TR6, packed with glassThe Peninsulators Team (me) got off to a late start to the only local show-- the only show anywhere on the San Francisco Peninsula. The Peninsulators Team oozes dedication out every pore.

The Car was soon packed to the gills (you'd be surprised what can fit with the seats out), and was scorching down 101 at Nearly That Speed (and Beyond!). Yes, that fast. I was oh so very late.

Bonus points for identifying the color of the shift knob. And no, it's not an impostulknob, that's real glass.
Donut moppets at Chuck'sBut first the traditional Chuck's Donuts pit stop. Ahem.

Ah, blessed be Chuck and all that he Chuckles. Are those big pink boxes? The Universal Sign of Pastry? *sigh*

These moppets were finally let out of their cages an hour ago and boy are they starved! One them took a nip at me on the way out. Would you like to see the scar?

BTW, wouldn't that name be better as "Chuck's Donut's" with two apostrophes (sorry, two apostrophe's)? Don't you think? It'd be a good conversation starter. There will be those who like the idea, because it's simpler: just put an apostophe on every time. We know what's meant anyway, it's just nit-picking.
Nice donut lady at Chuck'sSay Hi to the Nice Donut Lady. She's shy.

Perhaps after being fed she'll become drowsy and we can catch a better look.

She's still a bit perky now from her morning java.
Lou Hall will defend his bracket TO THE DEATHFinally made it to the show location. It's past 9:30 now, show starts at 9, and everyone's here but me. Ah well, so I missed everything. But it's a beautiful California T-shirt-and-convertible day and I'm at a local insulator show with my insulator collecting buddies and surely they didn't run out of verbiage before I got here, so at least there will be B.S. to enjoy.

Didn't get far before I was intercepted by Lou Hall in the parking lot. I think he sensed my desire for his great new bracket-- back off, man! Actually he's not nearly as gruff as he looks, and the nice fella brought some hardware for my home display. Thanks, Lou.

If you have unusual brackets or hardware, let this man know!
Outside of Mtn View show hallFinally approaching the surely-already-picked-clean outdoor area, where sated-looking people discuss their recent purchases. Nuts.

Good shot of various peoples' backsides. Will show the fronts later, perhaps, if they behave.
Inside of Mtn View show hallMade it inside the building! Gack, everyone's long set up and the place is teeming with wildlife. Known culprits and total strangers mix freely. Better take a quick look around ("crumb check").

What I really want to know is: why are my pictures so crappy? Should have flashed these poor interior fools for one thing.
Three suspicious charcctersHere's a trio: Bob Hendricks from Fremont (why so glum, chum?), with a psychedelic and enthused Fred Padgett and his ever-persevering wife Susan.

Fred is the the McLaughlin mind-store (Bob knows a few things too). Rumor has it Fred's working on a supplement to Dreams of Glass (in order to vent his brain of the pent-up new McL information teeming therein).
Bill Heitkotter's back & sales tableA fine shot of Bill Heitkotter's back, his sales table, a stranger, and some activity they're performing back in the corner. They both seem pleased and are surely adults, so that's just fine.

Bill is a regular fixture at California shows and elsewhere, usually the first person there (at about negative fourteen in the morning). An old time lineman, he's personally plucked a lot of rare and slinky stuff out of the air himself. Go ahead and ask him; the man do talk.

I sure couldn't get his attention this time, though.
Steve Viola's sales tableMore glass for sale, on Steve Viola's table.

Where were you?

This stuff was just crying for a home!
Dave Elliott's pony displayDave Elliott's pony display.
Rear insulator display areaThis is the new rear insulator display area Dave set up recently. It looks through the wall into the front room, se cool.

Presumably he didn't ask permission before building this.

All that glass is for sale-- he's thinning out! If you have any rare or unusual tolls, however, Dave is surely interested.

The collector on the far left is a regular show attendee. He's the current possessor of my First Cobalt Insulator, a $50 crashed Hemi No 19. It was Ron Norton's First Cobalt Insulator (purchased for $50) before me, and the guy before him's First Cobalt Insulator, and so on. The current owner has sworn to uphold the pattern.
10 o'clock crowd (pic 1)By the time I finished making an orbit inside, quite a few more people had arrived; by 10 o'clock it was difficult to maneuver and the crowd was working themself up to quite a civilized frenzy.

I swear I was jostled. And not just once, either. So, the show is definitely picking up steam. Colin Jung was alarmed and hid behind a post until the wave crested.

Recently identified: in the foreground, that's the back of Mark Smith (aloha-ey shirt) and the back of his daughter Jamie's head. Reaching for glass is Bob Jackson.
10 o'clock crowd (pic 2)Another crowd shot, mostly backs (with one young interloper's face). That's Larry Shumaker behind his sales table, looking a bit pensive.

However a few brief blasts with a hose were all it took to control the crowd. That Larry, he sure knows his crowd control. What a pro.

I'm getting pretty good at recognizing backs: that's half of Jamie Smith, Mark Smith, Steve Marsh, um, and, um.
Bill Rohde and the Mother BushingWhere does he get these things?? Bill Rohde, International Man of Mystery (his face is always inexplicably shrouded in' darkness. No wait, that's just the hat), shows off the walk-in he acquired at the recent Medford show. It's embossed R 5083, is 18½" long, 4½" in diameter, and weighs EIGHTEEN POUNDS (because it's super-thick glass all the way along). There were apparently three saved from an old power plant, taken 30 years ago. The R 5050 is an exact match in a Brookfield catalog, so presumably the R series is a Brookfield line.

Cash, glass, and the promise of a check later, it is now in the home of Your Illustrious Author, oh frabjous day! The Mother of All Bushings!
Closeup of Mother Bushing embossing (R5083)Closeup of Mother's nom de bzzt. Note upside-down embossing -- super rare!

I have three different R-embossed bushings now: R 5050, R 5083, and R 5088. The 1912 Brookfield Catalog has a drawing of the R 5050 as No 158, and another unknown (to me) bushing as No 259. The 259 is a symmetric through-wall (like two single ones fused back to back) as is The Mother Bushing. At 4½" long and 2¾" diameter, the 259 is strictly a runner-up wiener dog, tho.
Lee Lickiss from Paradise, CaliforniaOh, man. Lee. You are so guilty. What have you done? Tell Doctor Peninsulator.

Folks, meet Lee Lickiss from Paradise, California. He brought me some hardware for trade.
Three California Regulars: Steve Marsh, Paul Greaves, and Bob JacksonThree California Regulars: Steve Marsh, Paul Greaves, and Bob Jackson, poring over Larry's sales table. Jack Foote's head has been surgically grafted onto Bob's, looking backward. Bob's through with being snuck up on.
Educational display of faked insulatorsThis educational display of faked insulators was put together by by Colin Jung, Bill Rohde and Dave Brown, with Lee Lickiss kicking in one bogus piece.

Represented are irradiated, heated, assembled ("Baby Muncie"), and painted insulators.

Someone wanted wanted to buy the set of Painted Pyrexi in the top right corner. Colin resisted the lure of easy money and is to be commended.
Colin Jung and Lee LickissA rare frontal shot of Colin Jung, yakking with Lee (shown here in the traditional rear view).

Colin's sales table. Mmmm mmmm.

I came home with that great E.S.B. battery tray. Every even heard of a battery tray? Go-withs rule!
Non-combatants suffering poolsideThe non-combatants don't seem to have suffered any.

Pictured are: horizontal, Jamie and Laura Smith; seated, xxx, Alice Shumaker, Dave's Mom Irene, and Linda Viola. Who's the xxx? And there's that guy again, always sneakin' into the shots.
Scott.  Hmm.Him again. Well crop you, buddy!

That pretty glass is for sale. The light one is yellow for sure, tho with a wire ridge bruise.
Why you don't ask insulator collectors to poseThis is the last time I ask anyone to pose.

It's Steve Viola and Scott Prall, carny barking for Larry.

That's it for the show pics. Things were winding down by 3 pm or so, when Dave leads tours of his World Class Toll Collection (viewable to the public by appointment or after shows).

This camper scorched home with his humongous bushing, in order to perform certain sanctification rituals I am not at liberty to discuss. I was a box and a half lighter, so sales were good. Larry took home my box lot of non-glass, non-porcelain; he's working on a stealth collection. (Ever seen a solid-aluminum-oxide insulator? Dense, heavy cable style: Diamonite; very unusual. We both have one; do you?)

This year's show, as always, is put on by Dave Elliott, with help from the other Elliotts (brother Tom and mom Irene) and Linda Viola (Steve's Other). They took care of setup, teardown and the feed (submarines, salads, chips, cakes; nothing but the sound of chewing for awhile). Thanks!!

Sales tables: Glenn Adkins, Dave Elliott, Bill Heitkotter, Bruce Cash (first time for him), Fred Padgett, Rich Musante (non-insulator stuff), Bob McLaughlin, Colin Jung, Larry Shumaker, Ian Macky, Lee Lickiss, Dave Brown, and Steve Viola. Scott Prall had a sales nightstand as befits him.

Longest distance traveled: Lee Lickiss and Dave Brown, both about 200 miles.

Changed Hands: CD 149 Brookfield, CD 160.6 Am Tel & Tel, CD 285 Edison, One Big Glass Bushing, Hemi E-1, CD 275, 7-up 214, royal purple unembossed 162.4, 102 California w/big wad of dome milk, and two smokey Cal 161s; Dave added some odd-ball tolls to his collection. What else?

Also attending and not already mentioned: Everyone else I didn't mention! If you attended and weren't mentioned, or can ID anyone in the pics, let me know and I'll update the report.

Missed, but forgiven due to plentiful extenuating circumstances: Mike Doyle, WeddingCat.

Another successful and fun show, and we all look forward to next year's. Join us in 2004!