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I Bill, getting a degree in design engineering, because the university didn’t offer an optical engineering degree.
The only optical degree it offered was in the School of Optometry, which Cave didn’t need.
Afterward, he showed me his massive 12 ½ inch reflector in his workshop/observatory out back and also his 5-inch Alvin Clark refractor, made in 1868, he was planning to sell.
All those cassette tapes I used that summer have languished in a box until now. Cave unfortunately passed away at the age of 80 in 2003. after returning from a stint in the Army in World War II, a young Thomas Cave decided to start his own optical business. in December 1950 on Anaheim Street in Long Beach, not far from his home, with his father running the business side.
“I didn’t know what the hell they were for,” Cave recalled almost 50 years later. For a company that started with little money, those early contracts helped them grow quickly.
So, I used my vacation time to track down and travel around the country doing interviews. My journey in the summer of 1997 took me to Long Beach, California, to talk to Tom Cave, the founder of Cave Optical Co., at his home there, where he had lived for almost 60 years.One of his other mirror makers was Alika Herring, who had come to California from his native Ohio.Cave offered him more an hour than he was making in a machine shop, plus paid him overtime, which Cave recalls delighted Alika.After the party and the banquet, which had about 1,000 guests, they talked business.
The optical work from Beckman helped, then one of the members from the Long Beach Excelsior Telescope Club, who worked at Hughes Aircraft was their vehicle to a lucrative contract, manufacturing thin glass tubes, which were made into resistors for missiles.
I had a 10-inch Cave reflector in my garage in Cleveland Heights that was a pleasure to use and my personal favorite. Cave, it was an honor to speak to him, and he greeted me warmly and invited me out for an interview.