The Golden Team of the Océ Museum
In 1974 people within Océ began to realize how “old” Océ was becoming. Edward Cohen in particular, the Company Publicist, was committed to preserving the heritage. The Antiquities Committee was instated. When we grow old, we begin to think of the past and we recall old memories. Steef Suyling had joined Océ or, as he continued to call it, Van der Grinten, in 1937. Because he was one of the last of the Mohicans in 1974 and a lot of knowledge would be lost when he retired, it would perhaps be a good idea that he would want to work on heritage. He still knew people, pensioners, who would like to cooperate. Steef went to work full of enthusiasm. Lists of devices, technical drawings, service manuals, he managed to pop up everything. And when the first devices had to be removed from the dust, a space was also found where he made the first impetus for the museum. When Steef and his Golden Team, as this group of enthusiasts had meanwhile been baptized, had been busy for about half a year, Mr. Karel van der Grinten got wind of this. This laid the foundation for the work of the Golden Team.
Every Tuesday (except during the summer months) they meet in the Océ Museum on St. Urbanusweg. They work on (very) old Océ devices, gather information, drink coffee, catch up and of course memories are retrieved. This is the Golden Team: a group of (mostly) retired Océ employees who with great passion are still happy to be found in the Océ Museum. They are still responsible for preserving the heritage and maintaining all the equipment in the museum.
De Gouden Ploeg wordt gevormd door:
Roelof Huizinga †
Aart van Meeteren
Toën Terhaag (Canon Production Printing liaison)
Wim van Grimbergen
Henk van Bakel