I knew John Mallas and Evered Kreimer very well. Evered and I spent a day a week since 1970 until 2006 trying to build 4x5 and 8x10 cold cameras. We had gasket problems. THe silicone rubber he used originally for gaskets was a different material available later and was porous to a vacuum. We wasted years trying to find a subsitute. We sensitized film with hydrogen gas and also cooled it. The original tri-x he used was different than the tri-x available in 4x5 and 8x10 and never responded like his original 35mm tri-x. We tried to sensitize 4415 film, but it never responded like his original tri-x. Evered built all the controls for my two domes at Alpine Az, and also my dome here at Rio Verde, Az. He also did the wiring for the domes at Alpine. Talk about a friend! His friendship will never be replaced. I could tell stories until it sounded like campfire talk.
John was also a friend and he liked to look thru my 6 inch Brashear refractor. He could see red light look only one other person I ever knew( the late Helen Lines) Dick Lines (Seki-Lines) was a friend of all of us and he talked Evered and John into doing that book. My whole life has revolved around friends and I would not have much of anything if it were not for them. People get tired of my saying it but You can have all the money in the world, but just give me my friends. I am now 87 and all those great friends have ridden off into the sunset. It is getting lonesome down here.