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Ted Costas
Expert Film Handler

Posts: 119
From: Hollywood, CA, USA
Registered: May 2000

 - posted 05-16-2002 02:28 PM      Profile for Ted Costas   Email Ted Costas   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
O'kay folks, drum roll please...

The winner is MIKE BLAKESLEY, with a correct guess of 63 screens showing EP2 Digitally on May 16th. There are 94 screens world-wide showing EP2 Digitally, but the pool was for North America (USA and Canada). Also, according to my rules, if there was a tie, the winner would be the person with the most lifetime posts on Film-Tech. So, an honorable mention for the correct guess (tie) goes to Joe Beres. Joe, I know you guessed the 63 first, but you had 231 lifetime posts, and Mike had 663 (at the time of the guess). And Chase Taylor came close with a guess of 64, and three others were close with a guess of 60 screens.

I will cantact Mike and get him the box of swag.

Also Mike, I may not get the box out to you until the first week of June... I'm wrapping up my work here at THX. My last day is this Monday the 20th, and I'll be starting my new position at Dolby Labs on June 3rd (after a little time with the wife and kids).

Have no fear, you all will still be pestered by me here at Film-Tech, I'll just have a new e-mail address.

More in June.

Take care all, and may the force eternally with you.

Yours, Ted Costas

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John Pytlak
Film God

Posts: 9987
From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Registered: Jan 2000

 - posted 05-16-2002 02:32 PM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Ted: Congratulations on your new job at Dolby Laboratories!

I assume you will be involved in Dolby's Digital Cinema initiatives? Without you, who from Lucasfilm will "pester" us on Film-Tech?

I have no hard feelings that you didn't meet my "goal" of 138 digital screens. I guessed it was Mr. Lucas' favorite number, next to 1138.

Before you leave, don't forget to post the official tally of screens with film prints.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: +1 585 477 5325 Cell: +1 585 781 4036 Fax: +1 585 722 7243
Web site:

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Brad Miller

Posts: 17696
From: Plano, TX (36.2 miles NW of Rockwall)
Registered: May 99

 - posted 05-16-2002 05:16 PM      Profile for Brad Miller   Author's Homepage   Email Brad Miller       Edit/Delete Post 
A hearty congratulations to your new position Ted! Dolby is very lucky to have you on their team and I feel Lucasfilm is losing a great part of their operation with your departure.

Don't be a stranger to us once you move to Dolby!

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Gerard S. Cohen
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 975
From: Forest Hills, NY, USA
Registered: Sep 2001

 - posted 05-16-2002 05:25 PM      Profile for Gerard S. Cohen   Email Gerard S. Cohen   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Congrats & Best Wishes for your well-earned family rest and new position.
Thanks for providing us all with a little fun with your guessing game,
relieving the tension of the digital hoopla.

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Greg Mueller
Phenomenal Film Handler

Posts: 1687
From: Port Gamble, WA
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 05-16-2002 05:36 PM      Profile for Greg Mueller   Author's Homepage   Email Greg Mueller   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey wait a guess was "one too many", that means I win too

Greg Mueller
Amateur Astronomer, Machinist, Filmnut

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Mike Blakesley
Film God

Posts: 12500
From: Forsyth, Montana
Registered: Jun 99

 - posted 05-16-2002 06:23 PM      Profile for Mike Blakesley   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Blakesley   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
COOL! That number was a total shot-in-the-dark. ( almost said 52, because the Hollywood Reporter put that number out at one point.)

Thanks for the contest Ted, and best of luck in your new duties.

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Bob Maar
(Maar stands for Maartini)

Posts: 28608
From: New York City & Newport, RI
Registered: Feb 2001

 - posted 05-16-2002 10:20 PM      Profile for Bob Maar   Author's Homepage   Email Bob Maar   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
My guess included 100 Beefeater Gin Gibson's.

Congrat's on your move Ted. Family should always be No. 1.

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Joe Redifer
You need a beating today

Posts: 12859
From: Denver, Colorado
Registered: May 99

 - posted 05-17-2002 12:20 AM      Profile for Joe Redifer   Author's Homepage   Email Joe Redifer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Congrats Mike and Ted! Bob Maar told me that if Mike won this contest and Ted revealed his move to Dolby on the same day publicly here on the Film Handler's Forum that he would send me a splicer! Hooray me!

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