What Is TCBA?

The TCBA or Tesla Coil Builders Association was a quarterly newsletter that ran from mid-1982 until late-2001. The TCBA was the brainchild of Harry Goldman, who was also its editor.

During research for this introduction, I came across the following text written by my good friend, Bert Hickman, which very eloquently describes the TCBA and Harry Goldman:

Sir Harry Goldman of Queensbury, NY created and diligently published the Tesla Coil Builders Association (TCBA) News during a 20 year period covering 1981 - 2001. Harry formally retired the publication with the last issue in August, 2001. This unique quarterly publication covered Nikola Tesla, the rich history of and various facets of Tesla Coiling, articles from famous and experienced coilers both past and present, and practical how-to information. Many notable amateur and professional coilers wrote articles for publication in the TCBA News. And most serious coilers have made a special effort to acquire all of the back issues for their entertainment and educational use. Harry had a seemingly endless archive of pictures and articles that he would resurrect for his subscribers.

Harry GoldmanWhen Harry first launched this unique publication, PC's had yet to be invented, there were no Bulletin Boards, email only existed on mainframes and minicomputer systems, and an encompassing World Wide Web was utterly inconceivable. Harry's TCBA News helped organize and unite folks who shared a common passion for Tesla and Tesla Coiling from all over the world. Harry's extensive library of articles, historical pictures, and his network of pioneering coilers provided unique insight into the varied and rich history of coiling. This was especially valuable to all of us "newbies"! He personally knew most of the famous Hollywood HV special effects folks who had provided the sparks and arcs for the horror movies many of us remember from childhood. The TCBA News opened new pathways of communication to other Coilers around the world. And, as we all know, Tesla Coilers are some of the best folks you'd ever want to meet!

Tesla Universe Acquires Rights To The TCBA

In 2007, the TCBA copyrights, all remaining hardcopies and the original masters were acquired by Tesla Universe. After performing a full inventory of the hardcopies, a printing run was made to produce a final batch of complete sets. These sets were sold to offset expenses.

All 78 issues have been scanned from the masters and are now available to read online by our members. The existing indexes created by Jim Roddy and Robert Wroblewski have been used to provide initial search capabilities.

The plan is to OCR the TCBA issues and provide better integration with the rest of Tesla Universe. This will happen, but it's difficult to say when at this point. If you'd like to help, please contact us.

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