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Thanks for the memories, Harry!!
Harry Goldman, 1923 - 2010
Updated 04/19/11

"Sir" Harry Goldman of Queensbury, NY created and diligently published the Tesla Coil Builders Association (TCBA) News during a 20 year period covering 1981 - 2001. Harry formally retired the publication with the last issue in August, 2001. This unique quarterly publication covered Nikola Tesla, the rich history of and various facets of Tesla Coiling, articles from famous and experienced coilers both past and present, and practical how-to information. A number of notable amateur and professional coilers wrote articles for publication in the TCBA News. And most serious coilers have made a special effort to acquire all of the back issues for their historical, entertainment, and educational value. Harry had a seemingly endless archive of pictures and articles that he would resurrect for the benefit of his subscribers. 

When Harry first launched this unique publication, PC's had yet to be invented, there were no Bulletin Boards, email only existed on mainframes and minicomputer systems, and an world-encompassing Internet was utterly inconceivable. Harry's TCBA News helped organize and unite folks who shared a common passion for  the works of Nikola Tesla and Tesla Coiling from all over the world. Harry's extensive library of articles, historical pictures, and his network of pioneering coilers provided unique insight into the varied and rich history of coiling. This was especially valuable to all of us "newbies"! He personally knew the famous Hollywood HV special effects folks who had provided the sparks and arcs for the horror movies many of us remember from childhood. The TCBA News opened new pathways of communication to other Coilers around the world. And, as we all know, Tesla Coilers are some of the best folks you'd ever want to meet!

At the 2001 Rochester Teslathon, Harry was formally recognized for his invaluable service to the Tesla Coiling community by appreciative coilers from all over the world. In addition to a "Telsa Coil" commemorative cake, a significant number of coilers contributed short video segments recognizing Harry. These were then combined to create a 2 hour videotape thanks to the hard work (and persistence!) of Tony DeAngelis. It is a moving and fitting tribute to Harry!  Sadly, Harry passed away after a long illness on November 16, 2010. He is profoundly missed as an author, a teacher and, for those priveledged to know him, a dear friend.

From the 2003 Rochester Teslathon:

Harry in Cage of Death Ruth in Cage of Death

At the 2003 Rochester Teslathon, Harry and Ruth enjoy the local scenery from inside Ed Wingate's
Cage of Death as Ed's big magnifier blasts the cage with 20 KW of raw fury. What a hobby!


  Harry's Book is  Available!

New Book
Harry also authored a book about Kenneth Strickfaden - the Hollywood High Voltage special effects genius, "Kenneth Strickfaden, Dr. Frankenstein's Electrician", McFarland and Company, ISBN 0786420642. Click on the book's image for more details.
Thanks to coiler Cameron Prince, you can search and read all issues of the TCBA Newsletter
Complete printed sets or individual issues may also be available for a limited time.
See Cameron's Tesla Universe website


Some Other Places to Visit:
Tesla Information Center
Tesla Coil
Link to 345 kV Switch MPEG
Shrunken Coins for Sale Lichtenbergs for Sale
Tesla Info Center
"Quarter Shrinker"
More Arcs & Sparks
Get Shrunken Coins
Get Lichtenberg Figures

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