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GEORGE GOLDBERG MEMORIAL DIGITIZATION PROJECT

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George Goldberg
George Goldberg
George Goldberg 

Co-Founder, AIDC 100, 1997 
Founder, Don Percival Award, 1983
Co-Founder and Publisher, SCAN Newsletter, 1977-1996
Co-Founder and President, GGX Associates, 1975-1992

George Goldberg was more than the respected chronicler of the AIDC industry (Automatic Identification and Data Capture). He was an early entrepreneur in the industry who also became its most thoughtful commentator - influencing the course of its change, growth, and worldwide acceptance. George was the driving force behind the creation of the AIDC 100, a not-for-profit, self-sustaining, non-political, international organization of AIDC professionals and others who have significantly contributed to the growth and advancement of the industry. The organization is a technical and business resource - with emphasis on education - whose primary goal is to enlarge the business community's knowledge and understanding of AIDC.

As pioneers in the field of AIDC and publishers of SCAN Newsletter, George and his wife Teddy wanted to ensure that the past and the future of AIDC would be documented and preserved. In 1999, they donated a complete set of SCAN Newsletter. Under his leadership and guidance, in 2000, Stony Brook University Libraries established a special collection to document the AIDC industry: the AIDC 100 Archives.

George left his family, friends and associates much too early. While his leadership, vision, and wisdom will be dearly missed, the guiding example he set here will live on forever.


BIOGRAPHY

George Goldberg, founder, editor, and publisher of SCAN Newsletter, was born on March 19, 1925 in Harlem, New York, the second son of a retail salesman of fabric for womens dresses.  Both his parents emigrated as children from Russia, via Ellis Island, just after the turn of the century. His parents settled in Brooklyn, New York, in search of the American dream. 

George graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn in January 1942, two months short of his seventeenth birthday and one month after Pearl Harbor. 

After completing a year at City College of New York, he was drafted in May 1943, after he turned eighteen. He trained for half-a-year in the Army Air Corps to be an officer/navigator, but, after the Battle of the Bulge, he was transferred to the regular Army and served in France and Germany for fourteen months as a private in the headquarters unit of the Seventh Army, 63rd Division, 253rd Regiment. 

After the war, he graduated from City College of New York in 1948, majoring in statistics, and earned a masters degree in business administration from New York University two years later. 

His first job, in Manhattan, was as a project leader for three years with a market research agency specializing in surveys of young people. His next position, also in New York City, was as chief statistician for a newly-formed Department of Defense joint procurement agency. 

In 1954, he joined a diversified American Stock Exchange-listed company, Kleer Vu Industries, headquartered in Manhattan, which manufactured and marketed plastic products and microfilm equipment.  He was with the firm for eighteen years, serving as general manager, executive vice president, and then president/CEO. 

In 1975, George and his wife, Teddy, co-founded their own company, GGX Associates, Inc., devoted to products for the just-emerging automatic identification/data capture (AIDC) industry. GGX, based in Great Neck, New York became one of the leading marketers of film masters and pressure sensitive labels for UPC and other bar code applications. The company was sold in 1992.   

There were no publications in the mid-1970s covering the fledgling AIDC industry. To fill this need, George began publishing SCAN Newsletter in September 1977 - at first with fewer than 100 subscribers. At that time, auto ID simply involved bar coding; and bar coding was almost exclusively supermarket checkout scanning.  Over the next two decades, the industry grew to include many ADC-related technologies with worldwide applications in retailing, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, healthcare, communications, and federal and local government operations. 

SCAN was a unique management and marketing newsletter covering worldwide developments in bar coding, radio frequency (RFID and RFDC), and related AIDC technologies.  In 1982, SCAN established the prestigious, annual Percival Award recognizing special contributions to AIDC by individuals or organizations from the user community.   

When SCAN Newsletter was sold to Corry Publishing in 1996, it had paid subscribers in twenty-six countries. George remained contributing editor of SCAN: The Data Capture Report

George conducted seminars on bar coding in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and China; he was the technical advisor to the book publishing industry committee on bar coding; he served as a member of the ANSI committees which established standards for package marking; he has written articles on AIDC for numerous publications. 

He was particularly proud of his achievement as a co-founder of AIDC 100, an organization of the leading professionals from the AIDC industry. Under his leadership and guidance, Stony Brook University Libraries established in 2000 a special collection to document the AIDC industry. 

George Goldberg died on December 10, 2003 at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, New York from cardiac arrest due to complications from pneumonia. He was survived by his wife of 55 years and longtime business partner, Teddy. They have two sons and a daughter: Jeff, an author and TV producer; Robbi, an artist; and David, a music composer, his wife Nancy, and their son, Jonathan, George's grandson.

FOUNDING OF THE AIDC 100 ARCHIVE

Bar codes, smart cards, radio frequency identification (RFID), biometrics, and magnetic stripe are technologies that encompass the rapidly evolving science and industry of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC). This field of high technology uses the latest advances in scanning and computer processes to capture information quickly and accurately in an automated manner. AIDC technology is ubiquitous, from driver's licenses to credit cards, and it is revolutionizing the way we live.

But who is recording the history and documenting the work of the scientists, businesses, and organizations that are developing these technologies? That was the concern of George and Teddy Goldberg when they approached Stony Brook University in the late 1990s about establishing an archive. As pioneers in the field of AIDC and publishers ofSCAN Newsletter, the industry's first trade publication, the couple wanted to ensure that the past and the future of AIDC would be documented and preserved.

Stony Brook University Libraries understood the need to collect, catalog, and make this unique history accessible and entered into a partnership with AIDC 100, a nonprofit organization comprised of the top 100 automatic information and data capture professionals. In 2000, Special Collections established an archive of record for Automatic Identification and Data Capture and is one of only a few institutions in the United States that is actively acquiring materials pertaining to this field.

The AIDC 100 Archives now provides the university community and the public with a comprehensive record of the history and current state of AIDC. The collection is comprised of the personal papers of leaders in the industry, trade publications, journals, books, and artifacts. All formats, including print, microform, audio, visual, and digital, are accepted into the archive. Engineers, computer scientists, and visiting scholars have consulted the documents located within the personal papers of George Goldberg, Richard Meyers, Allan Gilligan, and Paul BergĂ©. 

The AIDC 100 has established an endowment fund for the support of the archive. Membership in the AIDC 100 is by invitation-only; its primary goal is to facilitate the business community's knowledge and understanding of AIDC technologies.

In 2006, Special Collections digitized and published the electronic versions of the national and international editions of SCAN Newsletter, founded in 1977 by George and Teddy Goldberg. Detailed finding aids and related resources can be accessed from the homepage for the AIDC 100 Archives, which provides researchers with comprehensive information about the collections at Stony Brook University.


ABOUT THE PROJECT  

The George Goldberg Memorial Digitization Project is dedicated in honor of the outstanding achievements of George Goldberg. With generous support from the Goldberg family and members of the AIDC 100, both SCAN Newsletter (September 1977 to December 1996) and SCAN Newsletter: International Edition (November 1982 to October 1984) have been digitized and are freely accessible online.


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