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Gordon McLeod
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 - posted 09-03-2002 08:26 PM      Profile for Gordon McLeod   Email Gordon McLeod   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Today Bill Shaw one of the founders and the princip[le engineer who made the rolling loop projector work passed away from a heart attack
For those in the canadian industry there will be a service in Streetsville this Thursady. There will be a memorial service in the future date at Sheridan Park

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John Pytlak
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Bill was a gifted engineer who took a great idea (Ron Jones' rolling loop invention) and turned it into a great business. He will be missed.

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Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
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Tel: +1 585 477 5325 Cell: +1 585 781 4036 Fax: +1 585 722 7243
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Dick Vaughan
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Gord This is truly very sad news.

Apart from being a gifted engineer Bill was just a wonderful person.
He helped and encouraged me through my early days in this industry back in the early eighties and I will miss his stories of the early days of Imax.

Do you have any details of where condolences could be sent to?
If you are attending the service would you please pass on our sympathies from all of us here at Europe's first permanent Imax theatre.

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John Pytlak
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Some additional information:
http://www.mcmaster.ca/ua/alumni/gallery/G219184.htm

"William Shaw
While many may not recognize his name, thousands have watched movie pictures on large-format projection screens, thanks to his inventiveness. William Shaw, one of the developers of Imax technology, has been an active and influential member of the motion picture industry since the 1960s. Today, he continues as a consultant with Imax Corporation.

Following his graduation from McMaster with an MBA (1966), Shaw became the director of development for Multiscreen Corporation (now, Imax Corp.). He developed the large-format Imax Rolling Loop Projection System, the prototype of which was completed in the University's physics laboratory. The first permanent Imax projection system was installed in the Cinesphere at Toronto's Ontario Place in 1971.

Shaw is also responsible for the development of numerous Imax projection systems, cameras and camera accessory equipment, and led the engineering team that designed the Imax Dome (Omnimax).

He is a recipient of the John Grierson Medal for Technical Achievement from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the Leonardo Da Vinci Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1991, Shaw was made a fellow of the British Cinematograph, Sound and Television Society."
Hollywood Reporter Obit.
http://www.geocities.com/TEG2/IMAX/

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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
e-mail: john.pytlak@kodak.com
Web site: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion


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