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? Inc Toronto Sun, Monday May, 28, 1979 " .15-1,A 9 ,A.Z1,14 - HERO OF EATTEIBE By SANDRA N ADM Staff Writer Ilorwich loves his basement. ? r him It's a dungeon of glory, a laboratory, a repaire- r r) :!;u1 a sanctuary. Its 3151 an amazing ms. But out of this mess he ented the device that was responsible for the success t f the Entebbe raid, 3 device that wiped out radar and fr:,:e Or detection, reception and tratismission instru? elent.4 arrntebbe allowing the rsraell planes to land. i?or Wm, this mass of messiness is paradise. It's his tiler:Ivy and he'll tell you repeatedly, "My work has kept e!" ali?e." ? are miles of wires. Dozens of vacuum cleaner hr', seem to crawl over the doors like headless snakes, lx.xes of parts and numbered bits and metal vie( -s are piled against the walls-, Plastic shopping bags the floor filled with unretrleved and occasionally r !Lel !red booty. '1/41; thing broken, old, outdated, the "grief Jobs" that vi't won't he repaired elsewhere, the appliances that 7.11.irc part.; that are no longer manufactured are aroundbasement. And remarkably, he 1 .! tore l'A'?rythIng Is. h a eurions museum of moderraechnology, slightly Th'it sod rut of order. And there is a steady wy if eoctomers who creak down those stairs, carefully ritt!Ing tht?Ir toa%trrs that no longer toast and irons that longor iron rtoto the Uor he ran a hardware and appliance repair p to the gehirn day, of his Shock Electric Company on lirradalhane Street, he's been Canada's self-taught king of e!ectrielica. -1 e always a Mechanical kid," be says. "Taking alloys apart and putting them together was my kind of tun When 1 wax 10 years old used to work for a tars and scrip pedlariput of five old bikes I could make t1are-e for SO cents a bike." k_iI electricity Ile could wire a A-RDP96-0 Approved For Release 2001/03/07 , a LI ",, 4 ta . ?Latli ?Out of 11% e old1,l'ir.t'S 1 coulu ?:;Lhe three for 50 cents a bike." ? At 12, Sidt into electricity. He could wire a rtrietin house, conve -41,from gas light to electricity Ina few days. "Mind you, lhose days, a house had one plug4ind a single light bulb in-the ceiling." In the 30s, electrical appliances consisted of toasters, waffle irons, irons, coffee percolators and vacuum ,... cleaners. If something broke, you went back to the place 'I' of purchase for repairs. l?-? In 1935, Sid opened up a hardware and electric store on a Bloor. between Christie and Clinton Streets. Ile and his CD a young wife ? they were married when they were 17 ? 'cr lived behind the store. CN1 "My wife worked in the store, and people could see the ci a repair shop where I worked," he says. "I was the only 1.0 man in the city doing repair work, and It grew. I -took in a help and eventually it became the largest part of my CD a business. Toward the beginning of the war, the govern- ? ment prohibited metals, so I started making my own csi parts. Soon I had all the major manufacturers, Genetal co Electric. Silex, Sunbeam, sending me their repairs. e?-? aEaton's and Simpsons sent trucks of stuff over every day. 9 CN and CP sent-me truck loads of repairs. Even Hydro CD cs 0_ Ce - If W O sci ed For Release 2001/03/07 : 4,41, , SID HURWICH ? glorying in the mass of wires and old iid notified all public utilities of my work." "During the war, I got deferments because I was doing work for the army. In the civil defence department, and working with the police." His business became too big for the Bloor Street shop, so In 1942 he sold his hardware business and moved Into his electronics business down the stseet. People were so shocked that he sold out, be named his new compar4 "Shock Electric." People never forgot it. He was training mechanics and working on the war efforrat the same time, and repairing appliances from every province in the dominion, including the Yukon. Five years later, he moved again, this time to a large four storey building he bought on Breadalbane Street. He eventually employed 60 workers and took the most challenging Jobs home to play with and experiment with , In his basement. Two years after Shock Electric moved to Breadalbane. (This is the second In a three-part series on what happens to missing socks. Today's column deals with "The Cause.") According to a woman from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the answer to disappearing socks is mathemati- cally figured in subsets. If you wash a pair of blue socks with a red stripe , (BL/RD)2 and a pair of green angoras (GR/A)2 and a pair of white tennis socks (WII/T)2, all three pairs would be qiled X. . %. r If Y had (GR/A)2 and (WH/T)2, then every element in Y is an element of X. Hence y is a subset of X or X CY. If there-is a boldness In BL/RD2 somewhere . between fill and spin dry, BL/RD2 splits. That answer made more sense than most of the others sent in to determine what happens to socks in the washer. , Most of the writers zeroed in on sex. Like coat hangers and paper clips, socks were believed to have an active sex life ? but only in water. Some 21 believed they married, but they-fooled around and often divorced in the dryer. No alimony was < involved. Some stayed together through two or three washings, but suddenly turned into a' swinging single. One writer believed that socks went through a sex change, coming out another color. A large number embraced the Planned Obsoles- oence theory, that is &conspiracy between sock and ? - washer manufacturers who incorporate sock disin- . tegraipta? (right next to the button crusher) and .. , Erma 41104 ? ombeck '3VP*Pite.W.j, sock sensors which grind up a sock and spit it out as lint. The newer models even have a reconstructed sock cycle which returns a sock lost five years ago. There was a Sock Fairy theory for those of you who believe in Peter Pan, the Cloning theory where for every pair of socks an extra one is cloned driving you crazy with three socks of one color, and the Best Friend theory where your friend is secretly after your husband and both are trying to drive you whacko. There Is the Reincarnation theory where it Is believed that a sock returns in another form. (One woman swore that after five years of losing socks, they all came back one day as a sweater.) Some believed socks had an identity crisis and split. Others leaned toward cannibalism. One writer went for the Steve Martin theory where socks, Instead of getting high on detergent, got. small and disappeared. A great number believed socks to be a migratory species, activated by simply adding water.' ? And finally, one writer blamed the United States government for programming wiskers to eat socks and keep the economy alive. One blamed the Russians for undermining American wornen's sta- bility. I'd have been disappointed if someone hadn't said that. ? ti".^441.1 %Ika,zk ric 14 appliances that have made him the king of sleetro he had his first heart attack, at 38 years of age " been sick a day in my life and I nearly went era to stay in bed for three months:: The following year be had another bermes attac time he was told to retire, to give up his 44.siness think I'll make the old age pension? he asking his doctors. "If you live six it9siths, miracle. Go home and enjoy," be was td "For three years, I did practically n I in my basement. I read. I invented a meg .e tl- coils that I eventually sold." he says.,nwThen doing repairs for charity. It got me back men and back to work on the newer applian Still, his heart wasn't strong, even er hi business. In 1961, he couldn't walk wl t exp extreme pain and he was advised to ve surgery. At that time, it wasn't being done he was "As a result, I've learned to take cuanof went to Boston. But the surgery ccess 14 says, at 65; a dapper gent, with bright :e eye! skin and a good head of hair. Millie, his full-time housekeeper, has &come sable since his wife died three years wo. Iii who's also his cousin, visits him twice ,'eek often if he's at all under the weather.l'ao larg tanks guard his bed and his night table(il filled bottips, including painkillers that he carries will - can administer himself.- - - - - ? r?-? "Work's the best medicine in the wore," he Once, in hospital, a nurse came to gig' him cardiogram, but the machine wasn't wading. "It had just been repaired and she ward lister ln"an oxygen tent, but I took a look ands ked could get me a screwdriver, a pair oft:pliers s wire. In 20 minutes I had it working and s a re offered the job of managing the service eild mai departments of the Mount Sinai Hospi . My iurlous. Here I was, so sick I was beim peon was fixing hospital equipment through oxyg4 His biggest coup has been called The Sret of He's been called the Hero of Entebbe ar an el, genius, for his invention, dubbed the Hurwich or Ray or Beam, that is based on a 47iple used in every household, every day, he Gaims. It paralysed the Entebbe airport survdttliance and enabled the Israelis to fly in undetted. For the device, which Sid gave to lsra thoug Invented it originally to stop thefts of night dep here, he won the Israeli Medal of Iionorlind the nity to continue his work with the Canadian go% on devices that he will only describe as ha capacity to save hundreds of lives. "The most important thing is to learn your II capabilities. I'm proud that doctors use m example for other patients. It's so simple to be ar to lay down and die." Sid Hurwich simply Won't. - -