Meet Jon Long Sr.

Jon Long Sr. is a…

  • Father – (Marci, Jon Jr. and Michael)
  • Adopted Father – (Colleen and Carrie)
  • Husband (Jeanie)
  • Dog Owner (Freckles)
  • Business Owner (Upgrade Design)
  • Creative Thinker and Tinkerer
  • “Tigger” Fan
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Col August 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Way to go Pop on your Blog!!! I can’t wait to get to the office to get the weekend letter!!

lisa September 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I am so glad you led me to your blog. It was a pleasure speaking with you the other day. I am enjoying these letters, crossing paths with people like yourself is one of the best parts of my job at Verizon.

Jon Long Sr September 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Lisa,
So happy you like the letters. Please never hesitate to comment, as I really like to get them. Your service with our Verizon account was exceptional. Jon

ueno July 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

In conducting research for a class project I was fortunate to view a video clip demonstrating a ball clock constructed some years ago and thought it was a fantastic example in which small teams could build the various section systems and combine to make a functioning and practical complex unit….I apologize for asking …but I wonder if you might be able to provide/ sell the plans for building your machine so my students may experience the joy and pride that comes with completing something fun and that really works instead of just models of things? kindest regards Ueno

Jon Long Sr July 21, 2013 at 9:54 am

Sorry that I do not have a set of plans for the ball clock. It evolved as I built it. I knew I needed to raise the balls, so I used the ferris wheel principle with a motor between the wheels. The racking of the balls to tell what time it is, is a common method you will find in wooden and plastic ball clocks. The difficulty came in coming up with the striker mechanism. I pulled some of the mechanics from the mechanical cash registers that I worked on in the 60s. I made it at a time in my life 36 years ago when I had some time on my hands and lived in an apartment in Dayton, Ohio. It was winter and 6 degrees outside. Not much else to do. Hoping to someday make another, but we will see. Now that I am retired, it seems I am busier that when I was working 8-5. Thanks for the interest. Jon

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