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Can I leave a memory about Michael Babb?
April 11, 2011
Did I hear that your former editor, Michael Babb passed away? Is there somewhere I can leave a comment or memory?
Please leave a memory below about Michael Babb, former editor of Control Engineering and Control Engineering Europe.
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Tuesday, 12-04-11 16:45
I had the privilege to share Michael’s technical knowledge and writing skills in meetings at various ISA trade shows during the 1990’s and beginning of the 2000’s while I was working for a Brazilian automation company named SMAR. Michael wrote a series of articles about the company, the products and its technology. Thanks to his constant search for the latest innovation in technology and products, the Control Engineering Magazine readers were always the first ones to get the most up-to-date information about the process automation world. Michael will be greatly missed.
Ricardo TozziHouston, TX - USA
Tuesday, 12-04-11 15:01
I met Mike when he was first joined CE and continued doing so after he was promoted to fill Ed Kompass' very large shoes. And, he did. He was knowlegeable, a good listener but not a pushover for marketing people and designers who constantly approached him with our latest and greatest. I'd hoped to see him again, but that will be for a later time. Mike, you are missed.
Tuesday, 12-04-11 14:52
Michael was a real professional and friend of over 20 years that I will miss.
Tuesday, 12-04-11 12:23
I got to know Michael during the early 1990s when he was the editor of Control Engineering. We met a number of times on press tours and at shows. He was always interested in whatever was the newest technology, asked great questions and was interested in me and my clients. Over the years, we kept in touch by email when he moved to Europe. He was kind, supportive and professional . . . a great working colleague. He will be missed by many of us in the industry.
Tuesday, 12-04-11 10:35
I've known Mike since 1985, when he first joined CE. I was a tech editor on I&CS (arch-rival of CE at the time). I then joined a PR agency, and invited Mike to various press conferences and client visits. Mike either had a photographic memory or total recall. Once, during a visit to Jervis Webb, he didn't take a single note during his day-long tour. The client said, "He didn't take any notes! What's he going to write about?" Not to worry, I said. When Mike wrote his piece about Jervis Webb automation, he had every name, title and detail perfect. What an editor! I've maintained contact with Mike over the years and had an email exchange with him two weeks ago, where he said retirement was going swell, except healthcare in the UK wasn't very good.
Rich Merritt, M3 Marketing Communications