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Friday, July 28th 2017
Tampa, Florida is the site of the 2017 annual ATOS convention, featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer in the beautiful Tampa Theatre. The main convention will run July 3 - 6. Two ENCORE events take place on July 7 & 8.more...
Saturday, February 18th 2017
Former ATOS Board Member, longtime ATOS member and supporter, and pipe organ owner John DeMajo recently wrote a post to the Theatre Organ-L chatroom. It posed the serious issue of the growing number of instruments needing homes, and what ATOS is doing about this problem. It was eight years ago, I was fairly new in the position with ATOS, and I was having a serious discussion with the late Garret...more...
Saturday, February 18th 2017
It’s Great To Know that so many of you have already decided that Tampa is THE place to be this summer for the 2017 ATOS Annual Convention. So much to enjoy! The Sumptuous Surroundings of the atmospheric Tampa Theatre, and its Mighty Wurlitzer hosting the likes of Wickerham, Rhode, our young competitors and more! Scintillating Silent Film Fun at the historic Polk Theatre in Lakeland with Clark...more...
Saturday, January 28th 2017
Dear Friends in ATOS: By now I know many of you have received the news that I have tendered my letter or resignation as President/CE of ATOS to Chairman Richard Neidich. The effective date is March 31, 2017. I know you know because I have received dozens and dozens upon dozens of phone calls, text messages and emails on the topic. I will answer you all eventually, but there are two reasons for...more...
Friday, January 27th 2017
On January 26, Ken Double announced to the ATOS Board of Directors that he would be resigning as President/CE of ATOS, effective March 31, 2017. Noting that when he assumed the role ten years ago, he had thought ten years would be a sensible time frame to serve, he felt now was the time for a change. ATOS Board Chairman Richard Neidich stated, "I want to thank Ken Double for his decade of...more...
Friday, November 25th 2016
Boy, is our face red! In the November/December issue of the Journal, we ran a review of a CD from John Clark McCall, entitled Florida Fanfare – Your Packard Hit Parade 5th Edition. Reviewer Doug Grant referred to it as a two-CD compilation with a price of $25.00. Wrong on two counts. First, it isn’t a two-CD set. There is a second CD entitled Florida Fanfare, which is a separate recording. Doug...more...
Thursday, August 4th 2016
Helena Simonton, the widow of the late Richard Simonton (d. 1979), passed away peacefully July 31 in California after a brief decline in health. October 31 would have been her 99th birthday. She and her husband, who was one of the founders of ATOS in the early 1950's, created an extraordinary home that overlooked the private Toluca Lake enclave in North Hollywood, CA. It was in this home that a...more...
Thursday, August 4th 2016
The 2016 Chapter showcase is now available for viewing. https://www.atos.org/2016-chapter-showcasemore...
Friday, July 22nd 2016
By Ken Double I had the privilege of being in the Chicago area and spending the better part of two days during the recent ATOS Summer Youth Adventure (the “SYA”). It is hard to believe that this event just celebrated its 10th Anniversary! This year’s staff included SYA director Jonas Nordwall; Donna Parker; Jelani Eddington; Martin Ellis and Chris Elliott. They were kept busy over a week-long...more...
Friday, July 22nd 2016
A smooth transition; a new Board of Directors; a “calming of the storm;” a great convention; and two other major events are an indication that the American Theatre Organ Society is back to conducting its business well, and is moving forward. The Cleveland Convention was a great success and you will read all about it in the upcoming September-October issue of the journal. In making the transition...more...