Thursday, September 2, 2010
A UNION CITY PHILANTHROPIST
Dick doesn't call himself a philanthropist. "I retired at 59...," he told me, "but I can't see myself ever really retiring. I always find something to do." He intends to turn station # 1 into a small community center for the townspeople to enjoy. In that center will be a huge pipe organ that he bought in Florida and is having installed. I call him a philanthropist. He's named the organ Frankenstein since it is cobbled together from several organs.
I looked in at this mess of pipes and tooters and pedals and drums laying all over the place. At this stage its a bit tough to envision what it will eventually look like. Dick pointed out the holes cut into the high back wall for the sound to flow. He and Dave Blodgett are putting it together piece by piece. Dick invented and developed Uniflex, the software that hooks to a computer and seamlessly runs pipe organs.
Dick pointed out the gigantic blower that actually
activates the various pieces to produce the melodic sounds of a lusty bass pipe, or trill of a soprano pipe. The firehouse is destined to shake with sound and joy for the people of Union City, Indiana. (Population 3,400.) Marvelous.
For two websites, one where progress on Firehouse Pipes will be posted, has just begun. And the other on uniflex systems that are used in pipe organs all over the world.