Sutherland, Eldon 1968-07-03

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Buck Sutherland discusses his various inventions in the field of electronics, particularly the electronic scoreboard for rodeos and the weight totalizer for use in livestock sale barns.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Eldon Sutherland

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 03, 1968

Location: Greeley, Colorado

Interviewer: Charles Townsend

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Childhood and education, Years in Air Force, Reasons for developing the electronic scoreboard for rodeo.

Tape 1, Side 2: Blank

Tape 2, Side 1: Invention of the electronic scoreboard for rodeo, Various models of the scoreboard, Public and professional reactions to the scoreboard.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Invention of the automatic changing message sign, Invention of the 4-lane horse timer, Inventions for the Air Force, Inventions for the Atomic Energy Commission relative to uranium prospecting, Invention of electronic timer for rodeo, Use of the automatic horn in rodeo, Invention of the weight totalizer used in livestock sale barns.

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Tape 4, Side 1: Reasons foe developing the weight totalizer, Closed circuit television in sale barns, Various models of the weight totalizer, Other uses of the weight totalizer other than in sale barns, Grain elevators, Scrap metal yards, Sutherland’s business firm, Rodeo Electronics, Various enterprises of the firm, Timing in horse racing, Records Southerland will donate or lend to the Southwest Collection, Opposition to the weight totalizer, Growing importance of sale barns over large stock yards.

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: ?-1968

Bulk Dates: ?-1968

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