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January 20, 2003
Multi-System Integration

• The Nashville TN municipally owned electrical utility, Nashville Electric Service, adds complex AV system for improved performance, safety. An article by R. David Read.
• The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has integrated multimedia presentation and interactive distance learning classrooms throughout South Texas. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Gary Kayye, CTS, presents Kayye’s Krystal Ball v.03, featuring a review of his predictions for 2002 as well as new predictions for 2003.
• Sound & Communications continues its series of Industry Pioneers, this time covering Vernon Oliver Knudsen (1893-1974), who helped found ASA. An article by R. David Read.
• Cameron C. Smith covers the Nashville Convention Center, specifically the complete retrofitting of its existing sound system. It represents a “major fix” with a relatively minor cost factor.
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February 24, 2003
Theme Parks and Attractions
NSCA issue, Sixth annual Worship Survey report

Prolight+sound/Messe Frankfurt issue
• Corey Simmons, technical support engineer for Lincoln Berean Church, discusses the necessity of including the systems designers in the building design process from the beginning.
• AV plays an important role in bringing Dawsonville GA’s Thunder Road Georgia Racing Hall of Fame to life. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• Writer Jim Stokes covers Minneapolis MN’s Pantages Theater, which features an unobstructed stage view and portable sound system, as the historic venue upgrades with line arrays.
• Integrators had to deal with many unusual conditions when they designed and installed a new AV and paging system at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg PA. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC updated its AV system with custom line arrays, other sound-system updates and expanded video capabilities. An article by Jim Stokes.
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March 24, 2003
Worship Centers
NAB issue, ISC West issue

• Alex Ruinart, director of marketing, SynelecUSA, discusses strategies for display wall success—helping the customer make the most informed decisions.
• Grace Christian Church in Katy TX collaborated with individuals and companies to build a new facility to fit the church’s growing congregation. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• Authorized in 1904, the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is finally finished. An article by R. David Read.
• In Alpharetta GA, North Point Church’s KidStuf Theater brings its message to life with live-stage entertainment techniques and technology. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, addresses video, TV signal delivery systems over UTP cabling, arguing TV signal delivery is a vital function of AV and IT departments.
• Thomas Schulte, an application engineer at Sencore, provides color display calibration basics, imparting an understanding of how we perceive color and how electronics create color.
• Mario Maltese, co-founder of Audio Visual Resources, discusses training, arguing that this business tool is more important than ever.
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April 21, 2003
Government Facilities and Public Works

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, addresses audiovisual enforcement, arguing investigating AV misconduct claims and providing immediate punishment are critical.
• Twenty-two rooms of customized AV modernize justice in the new Middle District of Florida US District Court in Jacksonville. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• The Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow CA teams with Pacific Video Projects for expanded training system. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• George Washington University’s Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom has undergone an extensive renovation, with AV playing a key role. An article by R. David Read.
• Bruce C. Jones, VP of marketing at Lectrosonics, discusses secure wireless microphone systems, including basic concepts for preventing eavesdropping.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, tackles the topic of financial manipulation in our industry group, discussing both past abuses and the current phenomenon.
• R. David Read presents a book review of “Magnetic Recording: The Ups and Downs of a Pioneer: The Memoirs of Semi Joseph Begun.”
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May 19, 2003
Schools and Colleges
InfoComm issue

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, addresses “human convergence,” presenting the case that as the technology evolves, so must the people involved with it.
• The Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover NH has upgraded its audiovisual systems in order to stay ahead of the technology curve. An article by R. David Read.
• The Deer Park (TX) Independent School District in suburban Houston completes its Wide Area Network and adds video-projection to complement its existing audio. An article by Jim Stokes.
• In Virginia Beach VA, Tidewater Community College’s ATC networks 2000 computers, with expansion capabilities for twice as many. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• R. David Read presents a book review, “The Soundscape of Modernity, Architectural Acoustic and the Culture of Listening in America.”
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June 23, 2003
Theaters and Auditoriums

• Looking through the prism of a weak economy, Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, discusses cost cutting, focusing on the necessity of having functional systems, even when budgets are slashed.
• Chuck Wilson, NSCA executive director, discusses the creation of a new certification program for the electronic systems industry, at two levels.
• At Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, AV use is extensive—from The Colosseum, to a video wall and marquee sign on The Strip, to the retail boutique inside the entertainment venue. An article by Jim Stokes.
• In Westminster MD, Carroll Community College’s theater, fitness center and 13 classrooms use AV to enhance students’ educational experience. An article by Dawn Schloesser.
• Renovation of Ghent, Belgium’s De Bijloke Concert Hall solved extensive acoustical and logistical challenges. An article by David McNutt.
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July 21, 2003

Retail Environments
2003 Contractors Survey report

• Wes Alderson shares his experiences from the NSCA Expo, revealing that, while wearing a veil of optimism and good cheer, there was a dark undertone among some of the attendees.
• Chuck Wilson, NSCA’s executive director, presents the conclusion of a two-part explanation of the NSCA’s major education initiative.
• David Goldenberg, vice president of ACE Communications, discusses prosperity and profits in difficult times, how integrators are discovering opportunities underneath challenges.
• From P.A. to point of purchase, AV plays an important role selling merchandise in Lazarus Department Store in suburban Columbus OH. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Audi Motors’ new facility in the Mayfair District of downtown London incorporates extensive audio and video elements. An article by R. David Read.
• R. David Read reports on the impending changes to the CSI MasterFormat and how such changes might likely impact Sound & Communications’ readers.
• Neal Weinstock, who edits IT/AV Report, founder/president of Weinstock Media Analysis, discusses whether Voice Over IP is “ready for prime time.”
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August 18, 2003

Corporate Facilities
CEDIA issue, PLASA issue

• Doug Kleeger, CTS, a freelance senior systems design engineer, presents a discussion of advances in house of worship AV, from an integrator’s perspective.
• Headquartered in Des Moines IA, Allied Insurance Company’s regional offices and 3000 employees are served by audio and videoconferencing and other multimedia systems. An article by Jim Stokes.
• In St. Charles IL, Arthur Andersen’s Q Center demonstrates that the world’s largest meeting facility is AV dependent. An article by R. David Read.
• Michael Shafer, principal of audiovisual and broadcast consulting at Sparling, addresses redefining AV in corporate facilities, arguing business needs dictate a new way of thinking and planning.
• Kirt Yanke, product development manager for NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display, presents a comparison of LCD and plasma displays, discussing each technology’s strengths and weaknesses.
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September 22, 2003
Entertainment Venues
AES issue, ISC East issue

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, addresses “round two” of the debate between ICAT and SAVVI, two inter-related councils of the ICIA, set up as a moderated panel discussion.
• In Branson MO, AV brings the Celebration City theme park’s multimillion-dollar American history multimedia spectacular to life. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• The stunning results of Shrek 4-D, the latest Universal Studios attraction, are enabled by the cooperation of multiple disciplines. An article by R. David Read.
• In Dearborn MI, the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village reopen with major infrastructure changes and using innovative AV. An article by R. David Read.
• David McNutt, president of db Integrated Systems, discusses digital live performance audio, addressing applications of IT/AV from a live-entertainment and performing-arts perspective.
• Timothy A. Edwards, principal of Lewitz and Associates, discusses corporate standards and audiovisual systems, stressing the importance of understanding customers’ needs and available technology.
• Sound & Communications continues its series of Industry Pioneers, this time covering Georg Neumann (1898-1976), a microphone pioneer. An article by R. David Read.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, asks whether we can avoid the serious effects of economic deflation on our industry.
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October 20, 2003
Hotels and Restaurants

• In Kansas City MO, Ameristar Casino Hotel’s newly renovated Amerisports Brew Pub adds audiovisual technology to its mix. An article by Jim Stokes.
• At Jillian’s Entertainment Corporation in Denver’s Colorado Mills, AV plays an integral role in the atmosphere and operations. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Steve Blasingame, chief technology officer of Broadata Communications, discusses fiberoptics for hotel audio, video and data multimedia capabilities.
• The Brooklyn College Library’s traditional old-world architecture hides its modern AV and communications systems. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Wes Alderson, CPW, presents an analysis of inventions: the good, the bad and the ugly, examining both the past and the present.
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November 17, 2003
Stadiums and Arenas

• Joseph Bocchiaro III, CTS-D, tackles the issue of AV problem solving, citing the value of Basics of Audio and Visual Systems Design, now available in a second (revised) edition.
• At Green Bay WI’s Lambeau Field and Chicago IL’s Soldiers Field, major renovations have been completed for the 2003/04 season. An article by R. David Read.
• The University of Miami’s new three-story, $48 million Convocation Center hosts graduations, sporting and cultural events, all employing AV. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Adding to the excitement of the newly opened University of Connecticut Rentschler Field Stadium was the new stadium-wide AV system. An article by Jim Stokes.
• John Stark, director of marketing at Jupiter Systems, discusses the increasing demand for display wall controllers, in Part 1 of a multiple-part article.
• Sound & Communications continues its series of Industry Pioneers, this time covering Philo T. Farnsworth (1906-1971), the father of TV. An article by R. David Read.
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December 22, 2003
Factories and Offices

• Function and form work together in the refurbished executive collaboration room of the National Geographic Society offices in Washington DC. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Alcoa upgrades its New York offices in the historic Lever House with videoconferencing, audio and presentation systems. An article by Dawn Allcot.
• Increasing customer awareness of a full range of banking services was the aim of adding AV digital signage at DestinBank, the Financial Centre in Destin FL. An article by Jim Stokes.
• Gary Kayye, CTS, presents his annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball, V.04, in which he reviews last year’s predictions and makes some more for the upcoming year.
• Joel Lewitz, PE, founding principal of Lewitz and Associates, Inc., discusses privacy in the office environment.
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