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September 2014

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The next meeting of the Chicago Section of the Audio Engineering Society is:
Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

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TOPIC: The Genius of Ben Bauer: 75 Years of the Shure Unidyne Microphone
Michael Pettersen (Director of Applications Engineering and the Corporate Historian at Shure Incorporated) - and - Julie Snyder (Senior Corporate Librarian and Archivist at Shure Incorporated)

DATE: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
TIME: 7:30pm, dinner (optional) at 6:30
LOCATION: Shure Incorporated, 5800 W. Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714 - Directions Below

About the presentation:
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the Shure model 55 microphone. Introduced in 1939 and still being manufactured today, the Shure Unidyne was the first unidirectional microphone using a single dynamic element. The presentation provides an overview of the Unidyne’s unique position in the history of 20th century broadcast, politics, and entertainment, plus the amazing story of the 24 year old immigrant from the Ukraine who invented the Unidyne and earned his first of over 100 patents for audio technology. Unidyne artifacts from the Shure Archives will be displayed after the presentation.

About this month's speaker:
Michael Petersen:
Fascinated by music, sound, and audio technology since building a crystal radio set as a lad, Michael Pettersen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory from the University of Illinois in 1974. Employed by microphone manufacturer Shure Incorporated since 1976, Michael is the Director of Applications Engineering and the Corporate Historian. He is a contributing author to the 1,550 page reference tome "Handbook for Sound Engineers - Third Edition." He has presented technical white papers to the Audio Engineering Society, National Association of Broadcasters, Acoustical Society of America, National Systems Contractor Association, European Institute of Acoustics, Voice of America, and White House Communications Agency. He is also an active professional musician performing in choral ensembles worldwide (Chicago, New York, England, Germany, Austria) and as a rhythm guitarist in four Chicago-based swing big bands. In 2000, Michael co-founded an educational web site dedicated to the music and memory of guitarist Freddie Green: The web site, consisting of over 300 pages of text/photos/music, receives 100,000 visitors per year. Michael is also an arranger of choral music. His most popular work is "Down In The Valley To Pray", published in 2005 by GIA/Walton Music. This work has received hundreds of performances worldwide, including one in the Vatican. Michael resides in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife, Dr. Jan Marie Aramini, a clinical psychologist. They share a passion for choral singing. In 2015, they will perform the Mozart Requiem in North Carolina and in Vienna, Austria.
Julie Snyder:
Julie Snyder has worked in the field of information for 20 years, for the past 6 and a half as the Shure Corporate Librarian and Archivist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, History, and English from Oberlin College and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. An active member of the Special Libraries Association, she is currently the Secretary of the Solo Librarians division, "working together for those working alone." As the chair of Legendary Performance with Purpose, the team that drives volunteerism at Shure, she encourages good corporate citizenship and community involvement. She resides in Chicago, a phenomenal place for live music.

When arriving by car, approach from the east by heading west on Touhy, then turn right into the parking lot just east of the Shure building, which is on the corner of Touhy and Lehigh. DO NOT turn left into parking lot from Touhy heading east, as this is illegal and you may get a traffic ticket. Enter at the employee entrance on the east side of the building and register at the guard desk. A valid driver's license must be presented at the guard desk when registering.

Dinner (optional but please RSVP) will begin at 6:30pm.
Dinner reservation required - contact Riva Olivera @ by Monday, Sept. 29th.
Pizza and Salad will be provided. Please let Giles know if you have a preference for no-cheese and/or vegetarian.
Price is $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students.

Upcoming Meetings:

    - Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:30 pm:
    The Genius of Ben Bauer: 75 Years of the Shure Unidyne Microphone

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