Corning Electronics Inc. 1967 – 2007
This is a page that I wanted to write for a long time, but never got around to it. It's been nearly 5 years ago since my former employer, Corning Electronics Inc. closed their doors. This was my second home, but some considered it my main home! I was proud to have worked there. It was my only job. I started working there after the big flood of 1972, and continued until the store closed in early 2007.
Corning Electronics Inc. was first located on Bridge Street in Corning, NY. Then they moved to 163 East Market Street after which Ed Drake and Ozzie Hunt bought the business from Cliff Sair. Then Urban Renewal came along and the store was relocated to 81-83 West William Street on Corning's north side. This was in 1971. A year later in June 1972 a big flood ruined the store. I started working there in September 1972 as a part time worker. The business was rebuilt and the store continued until 1977 when Urban Renewal came along and told us we had to move again.
In February 1977 we moved to 35 Riverside Drive where we stayed until the store closed in early 2007. My last day was February 23, 2007, which was also the day the FCC made all ham radio licenses no-code.
So this page is to fondly remember my former work place and the people that I worked with. There were only 5 employees that ever worked there under Ed's and Ozzie's ownership. The other person was an old guy named Archie Taylor. He worked there in the 1970's. Unfortunately I have no picture of him.
To a ham, working in an electronic parts store was like being a kid in a candy store. Electronics was a magic word in the 1950's and 1960's, but as time went by, there was less meaning to the word. We watched all the other electronic stores in the region shut down. We saw this all over the country. In this area, we were the last store standing.
I have assembled some photographs that were on our website, as well as some photos I took in 2006.