A. Goldwasser, CE 1928


A. Goldwasser, CE 1928


This narrative summarizes an oral history interview with Mr. A. Harris Goldwasser, completed on September 27, 1994 at the Georgia Tech Alumni Association in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Goldwasser moved to Atlanta from Athens in 1921. When he was 15, he learned how to drive a model-T Ford. He recalls attending Tech High School on Luckie Street. He remembers registering for Electrical Engineering and the Co-op program. Next, he tells about a job he got at a Lumber Mill as a co-op member. He did not see it benefiting his future so he enrolled as a regular student. He then proceeds to talk about his freshman year at Tech and remembers classes he took, such as English and Geometry. He also recalls taking workshop under Uncle Heine and foundry shop where he created a mold to make a cup and saucer. His classes of 1928 was the first class to make an electric motor. He regrets that he gave the motor to his cousin who also attended Tech. Mr. Goldwasser comment about other relative that have attend Tech. He was the first student assistant to Dr. Wycoffe in the bacteriology lab and to Dr. Lucas in the materials lab. He speaks fondly of Professor Fields, the Dean of Men. His memories of grammar lead him into recalling his academics at Tech, especially his senior year which was his best. He recalls how his training at Tech got him a job at the State Highway Department and good model-T Ford. He remembers playing in both high school and Tech bands and having the privilege of playing under John Philip Sousa. The band would practice at the YMCA with Wop Roman directing and the main song played was the Ramblin' Wreck. His recollection of the Grand Theater include cashing after a Tech victory and a band member falling into the orchestra. He remembers Jack Holman who was president of his class. He recounts memories of Dr. Snow, Dr. Smith, and a humorous story about Dr. Skiles. He recalls the beginning of the Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Tech and his involvement. He tells several stories about the model-T Ford and its affects on his life. HE mentions his job with the Federal Power Commission and the carious projects and accomplishments associated with this job. He chuckles when telling a story of selling Cokes at the Georgia tech v. UGA game. His membership in the Marionettes helped cure his desire for acting. He recalls many memories of sports at Tech, including several people such as Bill Fincher, Thrasher, Peter Pund and Frank Player. He ends by telling a short story about his father and the librarian and giving advice to future Georgia Tech students.


1994 September 27