Someone needs to write a book about Ed Byers.
There are a number of additional extremely talented telescope builders and opticians from the past who certainly deserve recognition, like George Carroll, Art Devaney, Lynn & Avery Hildom and James Herron. None of them may ever have a book written about them, but each deserves a chapter.
Lew, I was really hoping that you would show up on this thread, as among other things you undoubtedly have the best grasp of the West Coast telescope scene from the 1950's onwards of anyone here! I've read your many posts regarding Cave, Coast Instruments and other California telescope firms in the old CN archives, and they could easily comprise the better part of an article in their own right.
Is there any chance that you might be interested in putting something together about those times for the forum?