Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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My grandfather, 'Pooch' Powers Dow, was fascinated by morse code, and even took afternoon naps listening to tapes of code transmissions to better learn it. The son of an engineer, he worked as a machinist in my great-grandfather's shop before becoming a pilot, a Mason, UFO believer and hardcore tinkerer. He collected mountains of radios, gadgets and things I don't understand that for some reason I've decided to keep. I made sure nothing happened to his hand-crafted code key that's wired to a pitch box. It makes for some fun sounds!