The contents of this column reflect the letters we had received by the time we went to press, Feb. 5, 2009. Letters are limited to 300 words or fewer. All submissions must include the author's name and location. Opinions expressed are those of the authors.

Optacon Article Gets Response

The Optacon is still alive, still being used, and can be repaired. There are a number of dedicated technicians who can repair the machine; one of them is Richard Oehm. His contact information is as follows:

Oehm Electronics
2194-C Galveston Avenue
San Jose, CA 95122-3617
phone: (408) 971-6250
fax: (408) 271-9188
E-mail: [email protected]

There is an e-mail list for those who would like to get in touch with other Optacon users. There are quite a few users (including some new ones who have learned to use the Optacon after reading the manuals and interacting with some of us on the list). There are also former Optacon teachers, technicians, and engineers. We can help with electronic versions of training material and Optacon owner's manuals. To join the list, send a blank e-mail message to [email protected] with the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) in the message subject.

-- Mary Emerson, San Jose, Calif.

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