After the 4th Nor’easter struck the East coast cancelling a trip to Philadelphia, the next week, Marc and Hugh drove to the City of Brotherly Love to view the short version of the documentary film, “The Instrumental Chemist” at the Science History Institute (formerly The Chemical Heritage Foundation).
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The screening at the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut was tremendously gratifying. The audience of 65, were enthralled and asked challenging questions during the Q&A. Some technical and philosophical questions were answered by Edward Werner Cook, chemistry professor at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, CT.
Marc, John and Hugh send many thanks to Brittney Anne Bahlman, Director of Student Affairs & Activities for hosting the screening of our film in the Pfizer Auditorium at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Brittney and her volunteer staff kept everything running smoothly and everyone had a good time.
Team All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic wishes to thank Professor Hatsuo “Ken” Ishida, Dept. of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, for his generous hospitality towards John and Hugh in Cleveland. We loved the tour of your labs with Dr. Lu Han on November 2nd.
The dinners you treated us to were exceptional – both the food and the company. Your wife, Dr. Yuqin Li, and son, Leo were charming and Hugh looks forward to continued conversation with Leo.
At the second dinner, we enjoyed lively conversation with your Department Head, David Schiraldi and Mark Soucek, Dept. of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron and his son. We especially appreciate how everything came together for the November 3rd screening in the Strosacker Auditorium. It was our largest and most appreciative audience to date.
A special thanks to Mark Soucek, University of Akron, Emily Pentzer, Dept. of Chemistry and David Schiraldi, Dept. Head of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western for their participation in the Q & A.
A big thank you goes to Crystal Miller, Director of Science and Engineering at Hathaway Brown School (an all girls High School), who brought 10 students. Crystal reported:
My students were pleasantly surprised at just how entertaining, fun, and informative the documentary ended up being. I heard only good reviews from my students who said there were many parts that made them laugh and they found that it was engaging for the entire time. I also found that it was incredibly well done and learned quite a bit about polymers. It was an excellent movie!
One of Crystal’s students wrote:
I think that after watching the film, I felt a reiteration of the importance of plastic and polymers. It is an issue with unacknowledged importance, and has a plethora of unsolved problems. I am applying to college at this point, and I want to be a chemical engineer so that I can synthesize materials that can solve problems and be better for the environment, which were topics in the Bakelite film. Watching the film, I felt some recognition towards the problem that I want to devote my career to, which was great. Thanks!
Before the screening at Case Western, staff reporter, Hope Yashnik, wrote an article, Bakelite Film Highlights the Inventor of the First Plastic for the campus newspaper, the Observer.
Visit with Katarina & Sophie Posch in Vienna, Austria
At the end of the day, Eric hired a car to drive Hugh to his hotel in Brussels to spend the night before the next leg of his journey… Vienna
Hugh made a one-day visit to Katarina Posch in Vienna, Austria. Katarina, who appears in our film, taught History of Design at Pratt Institute. Two years ago she suffered a stroke and has been living in a rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Vienna. Hugh is happy to report she’s making progress – operates a wheel chair with her head and a word processor with her eye. Writing two projects, Katarina is truly inspiring.
Hugh sends a warm thank you to Sophie Posch, Katarina’s sister, who assisted with Hugh’s visit and arranged for his stay in the fabulous old-world Hotel Schloss am Wilhelminenberg. Hugh and Team All Things Bakelite: The Age of Plastic wishes Katarina continuing success.