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Don Stinson's Band Organ Notes
Stinson Band Organ notes are authored by band organ architect and builder Mr. Donald Stinson. Stories includes experiences, past and present, encountered during design and repair of mechanical band organs, along with Don's unique experiences during his early days with the New York Central Railroad.

The Man Behind The Scenes

A few weeks ago, arrangements were made with a Mr. ChuckClymer to recollect interesting stories to pass on to you about the good olddays on the Gooding Amuse­mentCompany. Due to my extremely time consuming involvements in preparation forexhibiting at the International Association of Amusement Parks and AttractionsTrade Show and Convention in Atlanta Georgia in November, and the InternationalIndependent Showmen’sAssociation Trade Show and Extravaganza in Gibsonton Florida in February, itbecame necessary to delay meeting with Chuck until I returned. Chuck was the head of maintenancefor the Gooding Amusement Company,and it was through his unending hard work and devoted leadershipthat the show’s rides and equipment were carefully maintained. The show wasalways ready to move over the road and operate flawlessly when it reached itsnext destination. At most times, when one visits a county and state fair, andadmires beau­tiful andwell-maintained equipment, one does not get the opportunity to see or visit theunseen artist behind it all. Mr. Clymer was one of those men.

Upon returning to my home from the February trade show inFlorida I immediately attempted to contact Chuck only tofind his phone disconnected. During a following weekend, mywife and I drove some sixty miles to Chuck’s home in Columbusto be greeted by his next-door neighbor, and receive the depressing news that myfriend Chuck Clymer had passed away while I was out of town. Chuck was a longtime friend, and a real gentleman, who I will miss deeply along with many otherdevoted showmen who worked for the Gooding Company.

Chuck related many interesting stories to me during pastyears that I shall pass on to you at a later time along with a few additionalfascinating stories told to me by one of today’s interesting managers of alarge traveling show. Until a later time, my thoughts shall rest with my friend,Chuck Clymer...

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