Lynn Lang spent much of his life at the high-tech campus of IBM in Essex Junction.
"It was a good career," he said. "I was at the right place at the right time."
He worked his way up from manufacturing wafers to engineering, growing with the company and retiring after 33 years. The end of his career didn't slow him down at all. The native Vermonter now works on equipment as old as the country.
"You're not against high-tech stuff, not against high-tech stuff at all. I just don't think all of a sudden it should take over; we still need to see how things are done at this level," Lynn said.
Lynn's a Renaissance man, a baker, beekeeper and blacksmith. But today he's a weaver. The 70-year-old works at Shelburne Museum.
"This place makes an absolutely wonderful adult day care center," Lynn said.
Like him, most of the people who work here are retired.
Lynn takes on projects with a passion-- practice makes perfect. From making bread to weaving, he gets a kick out of what he makes.
"It's fun to watch people enjoy something you created," he said.
Lynn has been weaving for 10 years. He's rarely not busy. He says you have a choice: sit and be an old grump or live your life with a passion.
"Enjoy it now, 'cause I'm here standing talking to you, but some people don't have the opportunity," he said. "So enjoy life."
Lynn is an artistic man with an analytic mind. He improved his craft by making mistakes.
Reporter Joe Carroll: So, you've had a lot of errors?
Lynn Lang: Learning opportunities.
"People talk about it being too complex and hard to do. I look at it doing it one step at a time. You can get through it," Lynn said.
That not just his philosophy on the looms, but life.
"This is the Jacquard Loom developed in France, 1804, for the silk industry," Lynn explained.
It was revolutionary for the time; the pinnacle of advanced machinery.
"This was high-tech in the 1800s... this was high-tech," Lynn said.
Before this loom, it took five hours to make an inch of fabric. With this machine, it went to a minute.
"These little horizontal pins will read the card. There's a hole there," Lynn said. "So, IBM was basically started from this concept."
An ironic thread tying Big Blue's past to Lynn's present-- a perfect example of the evolution of history and himself.
He married Susan in 1980, shortly after that she said he would look good with a beard. He's had it ever since.
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