diving and running DAK have a lot in common. They are both highly technical. And,
with both, you get to play with a ton of electronic gadgets. I guess I really
do 'live to explore' new technology. And over the years, I've loved diving and
running DAK equally.
UP FROM DREW
Dear Old DAKonian Friend,
After more than 40
years, of having the greatest job in the world, I'm giving up my job and turning
DAK over to two of my really close friends and electronics experts, Sol and David.
I want you to know that I still love the new innovations just as much as I ever
have and I'm still checking them out and using them. And, the technological wonders
coming out now, dwarf what we used to have.
So, unlike when they were going to close the patent office because everything
that could be invented had already been invented in 1899 (By the way that seems
to be an urban myth attributed to Charles H. Duell, the U.S. Commissioner of Patents)
we are just at the beginning of the best of the best for electronics.
But, now that I'm 66, I want to get out and see places I've never seen, do things
I've never done and spend time with my grandkids. Frankly, I don't want to give
up DAK, but as you probably know, I love SCUBA diving and there are so many places
without Internet connections that I've had to skip.
So now, I want to catch up on my diving before I'm too old and they have to push
my wheelchair to the water's edge to get me in. Fully loaded with my cameras,
tanks and underwater scooter, I'm carrying over 100 pounds. And I'm not sure I'll
be able to pull that off when I'm 80.
Plus, to do a really great job of finding the latest and greatest electronic innovations
for you, I've needed to go to China, Taiwan, Korea more often than to my kids’
For those of you really old DAKonians, you might remember the Daddy's Pride and
Joy Video recorder. I introduced one of the first portable (about 12-15 pounds)
2-piece camcorders by sending my wife to one of my son's speeches and having her
record it for me because I was on a press check printing our catalog.
It's been a great run, and great fun. But now, David and Sol will spend far more
time in the Far East Factories and do a better job than I can do of keeping you
updated with the best of the best and the latest of the latest.
For the past 10 years I've been working with them and they've been importing really
great audio wonders. They know and love our products just like I do. I wouldn't
even consider turning DAK over to someone who considered it a business more than
a passion. When your hobby and your job are the same, you have a perfect life.
And we all win.
Plus there are still a few good projects left in me that I've been working on.
So don't be surprised to see me as a guest writer adding my 2 cents with some
really great product systems. So even though I won't own DAK any more, stay tuned
because when I'm high and dry and not diving with the sharks, turtles and other
denizens of the deep, playing with electronic innovations is my very favorite
way to spend the day.
So, to make sure that you fellow DAKonians continue to get the newest innovations
all the time. I'm leaving you in David and Sol's competent arms. I've seen a bunch
of what they have planned and you can bet that I'll be a customer too.
P.S. Now Sol and David have the greatest
jobs in the world, playing with, testing and photographing the very latest electronic
innovations. And after working with them for nearly 10 years, I'm confident that
they'll take you on some really great journeys.
I hope you're enjoying your life, family and travels as much as I am.
Drew Alan Kaplan
P.P.S. If you are interested in my
SCUBA movie & still adventures, you can see what I'm up to below. It's just
for fun, but mother nature sure provides amazing sites for me to capture.