Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

Date / Time: Monday, September 11, 6:40pm
Location: Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark)
Cost: $13.50/seat (Discounted from $27)
Seating: Lower Level, Left Field Line
Coordinator: Ed Skutecki 623-572-9004 e-mail:

Those that have paid for tickets may pick them up at the Will Call office located at the southwest corner of the ballpark on the day of the game. The tickets will be under the name given to Ed Skutecki when the reservation was made, not Honeywell or Sperry. Remember to bring a photo I. D. with you.




I hope everyone was able to get some relief from the summer heat. At least lately our lawns and yards got a bit of relief, although it was a bit too late for a few of my shrubs.

Your Board is back for the start of another exciting year. Thanks to Virginia Clagett, our calendar of events is pretty well filled in starting in September. This is in the best shape it has ever been to start the year. We hope the early notice will allow you to mark your calendars so that you can reserve time for our events.

With the good work done by Charlie Farmer and Ted Rees last year, we believe that the publication of The Bridge will be out to you sooner this year.

Also, thanks to Ted Rees for pinch hitting for Wally Klovstad in keeping our membership records current over the summer. And welcome to Bert Walker who has come on Board as our new Treasurer.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our events this year.

Ed Frick

Honeywell Employees Present 50th Annual Rodeo
(This is NOT a HRC sponsored event)

Honeywell is well-known in the valley for its high-tech electronics and aerospace workers, but did you know that at least one weekend per year, they get together to compete in a traditional cowboy/cowgirl events? For the past forty-nine years, the employees of the Arizona divisions of AiResearch/Garrett/AlliedSignal/Honeywell have competed in the largest and oldest all-employee rodeo in the world. They are currently preparing for their 50th annual rodeo event to be held at the Gilbert Arena (1777 S. Val Vista Drive Gilbert AZ. South East corner of Ray and Val Vista) on October 21st and 2 nd. The fun starts at 4:00PM on Saturday and at 1:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children, age's six to twelve.

The Cliff Garrett Memorial Rodeo donates all proceeds from the event to Arizona charities. Over the history of the rodeo, these donations have totaled more than a half million dollars. This year, the rodeo will benefit the Gracie Haught Memorial Fund, part of the Mogollon Health Alliance, which provides health care and child safety education for children of low income families.

For more information, please contact the 2006 Rodeo Chairman, James Stokes at 602-231-2218. Contributed by Vanessa Blackburn.


Each month we have more members signing up for The Electronic Bridge, and most are opting to receive “electronic only”. If you have an e-mail address, you should give it a try. Member feedback has been very positive. You can sign up by contacting us via e-mail at: Please send your: 1) name, 2) e-mail address, 3) if you wish your e-mail address not published in The Bridge periodically, and 4) if you want “electronic only ” or both electronic and hard copy. You may “opt in” or “opt-out” of this program at any time by simply notifying us via e-mail.


This group will help those who need repairs that they cannot do themselves, including minor electrical, carpentry and plumbing problems. You will have the security of having someone you can trust in your house. The cost of material is not covered. The Fix It Guys are Bob, Matt, Dick, John, Mike, Perry, Sam, Paul , Ed, Clint and Gene. Call 602-870-0813.

“My special thanks to Matt for giving back my two electric lamps. They were much needed. Also special thanks goes to Bob for the perfect job of installing my new security screen door.” Betty

“You are the best. I want to especially thank Mr. Sam for coming to Sun City and fixing my light fixture. Thanks a million.” Virginia


Question: How many days in a week? Answer: 7 - 6 Saturdays and 1 Sunday
Question: When is a retiree's bedtime? Answer: Three hours after they fall asleep on the couch
Question: How many retirees to change a light bulb? Answer: Only one, but it might take all day.
Question: What's the biggest gripe of retirees? Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.
Question: Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.
Question: Among retirees what is considered formal attire? Answer: Tied shoes
Question: Why do retirees count pennies? Answer: They are the only ones who have the time.
Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire?
     Answer: NUTS!
Question: Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage?
     Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.
Question: What do retirees call a long lunch? Answer: Normal .
Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? Answer: The never ending Coffee Break.
Question: Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
     Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth.



Check out the Phun in Phoenix information, which recently has returned to our web site. This listing of cool things to do in Phoenix each weekend is updated weekly – check it out here. Also a long list of Phoenix area attractions with phone numbers and web sites are listed on this site – a great reference for your activities with family and friends. Check out photos of our past events as well as useful information from past seminars like the recent one on Identity Theft. You'll also find all of our club's upcoming activities, with dates and contact information, plus a copy of The Bridge. If you have any photos of Club activities, we'd love to publish them. Attach the pictures to an email and send to

Russ Henzel, website editor





At North Mountain Park
Havasupai Ramada
Peoria Avenue and Seventh Street

North Mountain Park is just south of the Pointe Hilton at 7th St. and Peoria.
Turn west into the park. The Havasupai Ramada is the second turnoff on your left.
Ample and convenient parking is available.

Wednesday October 25
From 4 pm to 7 pm
(Meal will be served about 5 pm)

Special entertainment will be on hand!!

The KrugnKraut Band will be playing some live Octoberfest music (traditional German music featuring Polkas, Waltzes and of course, the chicken dance) for your listening and dancing pleasure.

The cost is $5.00 for each member and $5.00 for first guest. Additional guests are welcome at $7.00 per person. The food will be cooked for you by the HRC Board of Directors and will feature bratwurst and hamburgers with all the fixins and accompaniments. Water and coffee will be provided. You may bring your own beer or soft drinks if you would like, but no glass containers are allowed in the park.

Door Prizes………………..Yes

Make your check payable to the Treasurer, HRC
and note Octoberfest on it.
Send it to our address:

Honeywell Retirees Club of Arizona
Honeywell, Mail Drop XO
2500 W. Union Hills Dr .
Phoenix, AZ 85027


Where: CAF Museum, Falcon Field - 2017 N. Greenfield Rd Mesa, AZ 85215  
Time: Tour starts at 10:00 am Wednesday, arrive early
Cost: $4.00 per person for the tour
Reservations: Required by November 1, 2006
Coordinator: Ike Templeton 480-998-7559 or

The Commemorative Air Force, a world wide, all volunteer non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation in flying condition of the Great War planes that dominated the skies of World War II. The CAF Museum at Falcon Field is home to the authentically restored World War II B-17 bomber, “Sentimental Journey”. Out of the 12,731 B-17's built during WWII, there are about 13 left flyable and approximately 8 flying in the United States.

The B-25J at the CAF Museum is currently undergoing a restoration and has quite a history. Flying from Corsica during 1944-45 with the 319 Bomb Group, this B-25 flew 15 missions against the Axis in Italy . Restoration is very extensive due to the initial condition of the aircraft but when finished (expected this fall) it will be restored to it's 1944 configuration.

There are many other interesting, vintage aircraft at the CAF Museum including Stearman, SNJ and C-45 WWII trainers, F4 Phantom and MIG 21 fighters and many others. Both permanent and visiting aircraft are normally present for viewing.

Our tour leader will be Paul Brinkmann, who formerly managed Human Resources at the Industrial Division. He is a licensed aircraft maintenance mechanic and is a Project Leader on the B-25J restoration. He also is very knowledgeable of the other CAF Museum aircraft which will be covered in the tour and will be explaining their roles in conflicts.

Although most of the facility is not air conditioned, there are water fountains and rest rooms available at the museum. Since the tour will end around noon , there are 2 restaurants at Falcon Field which can be utilized if desired.

The CAF Museum is at the NE corner of the intersection of Greenfield and McKellips Roads in Mesa . Greenfield Rd is at exit 20 on route 202 (Red Mountain Freeway) with the museum being about 3 miles south of the exit. The main museum entrance is on Greenfield Road with parking in front of the entry door.

Please make reservations by November 1 and send your check, made out to Honeywell Retiree Club to: Ike Templeton, 7500 E. McCormick Parkway #53 , Scottsdale , AZ 85258. Contact via email at for any questions.

FALL GOLF OUTING - November 27, 2006


19888 N. 73RD AVE
[Just SOUTH of 101 AND 75TH AVE intersection]

Cost: $45 for green fees, carts, prize money, & lunch


Time: Shotgun start at 0830 a.m. with lunch to follow. Check-in will be at 0800 for Cart assignment. Proper golf attire required: soft spike shoes, shirts with collars, and no Levis.

We will use established handicaps [AGA] and CALLOWAY only for those that do not have handicaps. As in the past we will play team scores, using handicaps to determine overall scoring.


If you do not do this, we will have to use CALLOWAY to determine handicap.

Payment must be in by Monday November 20. If you do not have a foursome, send in the information with the number of players you have and foursomes will be randomly filled in. Make checks [non-refundable] payable to the “Honeywell Retiree Club”. Please respond ASAP as we are committed for 90 – 100 players

Mail to: Dale Wendt
7540 E. Becker Ln.
Scottsdale , Az 85260

Questions???? Call Dale at 480 - 922 -1402


Where did it come from? Compiled by Wally Klovstad

1885 Albert M. Butz filed an application with the U.S. Patent Office for his Temperature Control “Damper Flapper” and formed The Butz Thermo-Electric Regulator Co.

1888 Consolidated Temperature Controlling Co., Inc. of Minneapolis, MN acquired the patent and the company.

1888 James Skinner started Skinner Chuck Co. in New Brighton, CT – the forerunner of Skinner Valve Co.

1891 W. R. Sweatt formed the Sweatt Mfg. Co. in Minneapolis, MN to build wheelbarrows.

1892 Consolidated Temperature Controlling Co., Inc. was renamed as the Electric Thermostat Co.

1893 Electric Thermostat Co. was reorganized as the Electric Heat Regulator Co.


1898 W. R. Sweatt committed to a contract to purchase the Electric Heat Regulator Co. for 12.5 cents on the dollar ($5,000) from future earnings.

1901 W. R. Sweatt sold the wheelbarrow business.

1902 W. R. Sweatt completed the buyout of the Electric Heat Regulator Co. and now owned all 400 shares of the company located in Minneapolis, MN .

1906 Mark C. Honeywell started the Honeywell Heating Specialty Co. in Wabash, IN to manufacture hot water Heating Systems for homes. This was the first use of the name Honeywell as a company.

1910 Richard Brown incorporated Brown Instrument Co. in Philadelphia, PA.

1910 Elmer Sperry formed the Sperry Gyroscope Co. in Brooklyn, NY .


1912 Elmer and his son, Lawrence Sperry, developed an automatic pilot – “airplane stabilizer”.

1913 Electric Heat Regulator Co. changed its name to Minneapolis Heat Regulator Co.

1927 Minneapolis Heat Regulator Co. merged with Honeywell Heating Specialists and becomes Minneapolis-Honeywell Heat Regulator Co.

1929 James H. Doolittle flies first blind flight, from takeoff to landing, using a Sperry Gyro Horizon and Directional Gyro.

1932 Depression forced wage reductions and Minneapolis-Honeywell Heat Regulator Co made flour sifters for the Pillsbury Co. to keep employees working.


1933 Another wage reduction: 15% for officers and 10% for employees of Minneapolis-Honeywell Heat Regulator Co.

1934 Micro Switch Co. formed in Freeport, IL to manufacture the “simplest form of control system”, the switch.

1934 Honeywell acquired Brown Instrument Co. of Philadelphia, PA.

1934 Heiland Research Corp. formed in Denver, CO – later becomes part of Honeywell.

1941 Minneapolis Honeywell developed the C1 Autopilot that proved to be critically important for the U.S. war effort.


1946 Minneapolis Honeywell Aero Division was formed.

1950 Honeywell purchased Micro Switch of Freeport, IL.

1953 Production of the Honeywell T86 Round Thermostat was started, which is what most people think of when you say “Honeywell”.

1954 Honeywell purchased Heiland Research Corp. which becomes Test Instruments and Photo Division in Denver , CO .

1954 Honeywell Research developed a germanium power transistor and the Transistor Division is formed in Minneapolis, MN. An early start in solid state electronics which failed to blossom.

1955 A joint venture with Raytheon was formed called Datamatic Corp. and was Honeywell's entry into the computer business. The company's first computer system, the D-1000, weighed 25 tons, took up 6,000 square feet and cost $1.5 million.


1956 Sperry's Aeronautical Division moved to Phoenix, AZ and became Sperry Phoenix Co.

1957 Sperry Phoenix moved into the 19th Ave. and Deer Valley facility in Phoenix, AZ.

1960 Raytheon's share of the business was bought out and the EDP Division of Honeywell was formed.

1964 The company name was shortened from Minneapolis-Honeywell Heat Regulator Co. to Honeywell, Inc.

1965 Development and production of the Apollo Control System began at Honeywell Aero Division.

1966 Sperry Phoenix became Sperry Flight Systems.

1967 Honeywell sales exceeded $1 billion.

1969 Honeywell became the first supplier of digital avionics to commercial airliners with the Flight Computer for the McDonnell Douglas DC-10.

1970 Honeywell bought General Electric's computer business to form Honeywell Information Systems Division (HIS).


1974 Honeywell purchased the Process Control Computer business from GE which later became the current Process Solutions Division of Honeywell located in Phoenix , AZ.

1980 Sperry Flight Systems reorganized forming the Commercial Division, Defense Division and Space Systems Division.

1981 Sperry's Business and Commuter Systems Division was formed and located at 53 rd Ave. and Bell Road in Glendale, AZ.

1986 Honeywell acquired Sperry Aerospace Group for $1,029 billion and combined part of the Honeywell Commercial Division with the Sperry Commercial Flight Systems operations in Phoenix, AZ.

1991 Honeywell Information Systems sold to Bull. Honeywell was no longer in the information processing computer business.

1999 Honeywell merged into Allied Signal and the name was changed to Honeywell International.

2000/2001 GE's attempted purchase of Honeywell International was blocked by the European Competition Commission.

2006 So here we are today – not really Honeywell anymore except in name.