I’m writing a biography my father, Stanley Watkins. A British electrical engineer, he worked for the Bell Labs in New York from 1911-1948. During that time he made the first sound on disc movies: Don Juan and The Jazz Singer. Vitaphone and Warner Bros. His memoirs are fascinating and shine a light on the process and problems of those early days of sound. He taught sound men in Hollywood how to use the Western Electric system. He spent 7 years in London working with British and European studios designing their sound systems. After returning to NYC, his job was to make the Voder talk. It was the hit of AT&T’s exhibit at the 1939 World Fair in NY and simultaneously in San Francisco at the Golden Gate Exposition.
Stan’s memoir is full of family, and personal experiences. I have myriad photos and files and would love to hear from anyone out in cyberspace who might be able to shine light on any of these events mentioned above. Or just to talk about them. I am 80, so need to get this done for my family. I’d love a documentary to be made, too.