Reader Comments

Here are a few comments from readers and those who attended Dr. Paxton’s lecture at George Eastman House on Dec. 3, 2013.

Please feel free to share your thoughts via email or by leaving a comment on this page.

Congratulations! Your presentation at George Eastman House was well attended and very well received. During the talk, I felt as if you had audience in your palm because you were funny, witty and you came across as very knowledgeable and expert on the subject. You made very complex phenomena so simple and easy for all to understand. All in all it was a great talk on a very interesting subject. – A.S.

It is an easy read for me because we all lived and breathed the many different product names and our company language for so long. It also appears to be a very accurate account of events, as I remember them: before, during and after my Kodak career. – R.C.

Your presentation at GEH, and your book, was a tribute to the wonderful technical contributions EK has given to the world and the wonderful place it was to work. Thank you for sharing some of your personal experiences and benchmarking those technological achievements for all to see! – R.P.

Last night’s talk was nicely done, and very well received! I sat in the back with F.F. and M.R. From that vantage point it was clear that you had everyone’s attention. – B.S.

I had the pleasure of reading your book a couple evenings ago. I want to applaud you for such a thorough look at digital technology at Kodak over the last 40 years.
Your book is fun to read, and very insightful relative to all the cool digital innovation Kodak did over the years. Brought back a lot of fun memories, as I had a grand time working for Kodak during the high times of Kodak digital. – D.P.

Great presentation last night. I think it went over very well. The turnout was amazing. Finished the book the night after you gave it to me and it has been through a couple of others already. Great job and I didn’t realize all the programs. – D.S.

Congratulations on a great book. I really liked it because:
– You credit many, many folks who otherwise would disappear into the dim annals of EK trivia
– You fill in lots of blanks for me. It was easy to get lost in the woods of EK and not realize some of the great work that was going on
– You filled in the end game for me – E.G.

Even though I have good memories of my years at Kodak, it has been very depressing to see it spiraling so out of control and into bankruptcy. I am glad to see a positive spin that helps put our careers into perspective. Thanks for your book! – K.J.

I listened to the whole radio show today. It was very good. I think it gave people a good overview of what’s in the book. – P.C.

This is just to let you know that we both enjoyed your talk at the Dryden Theater and I have already finished reading your very readable, nicely illustrated, and very interesting new book on the amazing amount of very important technology developed by Kodak. – P.M.

Your humor has always been one of your greatest assets – now second to your writing skills. As I suspected before I started your book is GREAT!!!! When I read the forward, I was very impressed with what Larry Matteson wrote and I confess I had to skip to the end and read the last chapter. I hope many managers & CEO’s read this book and don’t make the same mistakes EKC did. – P.L.

Read your book word-for-word cover-to-cover last night. Great! A particularly brilliant job of being absolutely clear what the big *%#@-ups were, but not pointing fingers or naming names. Fantastic! – R.B.

Great presentation last night and “The Book” is great reading so far; I am through the 80’s. Isn’t it ironic that such a great picture company was so unfocused? – R.G.

I really enjoyed your talk at the Dryden. I bought two copies of the book; one goes to a colleague and former Kodak boss in California. I thank you for organizing and for writing so beautifully. I spent some time yesterday reading the book. Many things of my Kodak years were kind of painful to remember though. I heard “hurts film” a lot when I was at EKC. But thanks for the memories, anyway. Your book and any follow-on connections could very well be part of an HBS case book study, if only a reliable reference. – T.F.

I just finished reading your book; Pictures, Pop Bottles and Pills, and loved it. I agree with your conclusions 100%. I didn’t know that Kodak also sold off their sensor business. I just told someone earlier this year I thought Kodak still made those sensors. Guess I was wrong. I think of all the lost possibilities every time I see an ad for devices with OLED displays. What a bad decision it was to sell that business (and a lot of the others). I still remember seeing one of those satellite cameras at the Eastman House. – M.H.

I’m mostly finished with your excellent book. I never realized how many products you had your fine hand in! There certainly were a lot of really extremely talented and creative people in the stable back in the “good old days” and I recognized the names of quite a few, among whom are Marv Harrison, Don Smith, Frank Hicks, Don Harvey, Matt Russel, Ed Granger, and Harvey Rhody. – D.P.

I greatly enjoy your book you gave me. It erases many of the assumptions I had of things and events of this period and replaced them with truth and facts. In my book, if knowledge has a metric, facts are high quality knowledge and assumptions are low quality. Love the book. – M.P.

Thanks for recognizing the good the men and women of Kodak who were not at 343 State Street and served the company well with their hard work and in my fathers case, great attention to detail and precision, made a life for themselves and their families.  – C.P.

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3 thoughts on “Reader Comments

  1. Haven’t had a chance to read Brad’s latest, although I’m certainly looking forward to it. His previous book, Handprint Data Capture in Forms Processing: A Systems Approach, was extremely informative and I’d recommend it to anyone doing high-volume automated data capture from documents. I have done some writing on Kodak, its recently sold Document Imaging division in particular, over the years. I’m not sure how much of this is covered in Brad’s book, but I went back and found a 2007 article I wrote that discusses Kodak’s entrance into the document imaging/scanner market. (http://www.documentimagingreport.com/fileadmin/2007_PDFs/DIR_11-16-07.pdf)
    — article starts on page 5

    It’s interesting to note that in document imaging, Kodak was one of the first vendors to make the transition to digital, which, along with some great engineering, helped them succeed in this market. Today, Kodak DI is owned by the Kodak UK Pension Plan (which is separate from Eastman Kodak) and run under the Kodak Alaris brand.

  2. I read your book Brad and it really is pretty easy reading. Even I understand it!! No one should shy away from it because it’s “too technical”. With the decline of Kodak almost right before our eyes, it feels so good to hear all the positive things Kodak has brought to the world and the many many people who should feel so proud to have been a part of it. It was a big part of my world growing up and I feel like I’ve lost an old friend. Thank you for reminding all of us that it is still something to be proud of. – D.S.

  3. An excellent mosaic of unparalleled technological contributions to the world progress by Kodak that world need to know about Kodak. Thanks for taking time to write a much needed excellent book.

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