[Tig] Rank Cintel Days - Pure Nostalgia

Graham Collett grahamcollett at visible-sprockets.co.uk
Tue Jan 12 07:40:20 GMT 2016

What a lovey story Eric,  I'm sure my friend Dave Corbitt would have a warm
glow inside after reading that. Pity nobody told him 30 years ago.
Interestingly I had no idea of the workings of HQ in this whole episode, I
was just a mere apprentice at the beginning of the MKIII but was lucky
enough to grow into a worldwide phenomena and experience some of those dodgy
deals and bad designs. The Rank Organisation was responsible for stuffing
several passports. I would love to know who those people were that you
mention, the dodgy salesmen and service guys ...maybe one of them was me ?? 

Graham Collett

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Sykes [mailto:ericsykes23 at outlook.com] 
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2015 9:32 AM
To: tig at colorist.org
Subject: [Tig] Rank Cintel Days - Pure Nostalgia

Hello chaps,

It's the season for reminiscences from those Rank Cintel days: pure

I'm an executive at the Rank Organisation HQ in Stanhope Place: we monitor
the performance of our constituent companies, keeping an eye on their
financial contribution, observing compliance with our code of practice,
looking into complaints and forecasting the outlook for each subsidiary.

Back in the 70s and 80s Cintel made a stellar contribution financially but
there was always a steady rumbling of complaints in the background.  We
never understood why "shading" made it to the top of the list of concerns,
couldn't they simply make a machine with smooth shading when they had all
that expertise?  Remember TOPSY?  Your first encounter with a software bug.

It got worse, we came across bad designs, Friday afternoon machines,
salesmen who didn't get up and sell, dysfunctional service personnel who
couldn't use an oscilloscope or read a circuit diagram then ran away, fee
refunds for useless training courses, production line controllers promoted
beyond their capabilities, digiscan noise, overheating, unreliability,
increasing numbers of irate customers.  To top it all they did some very
dodgy deals in certain third world countries in contravention of our code of
practice: if that happened now those operatives would be spending quite some
time behind bars. 

It was quite a headache for us but we identified two, yes, just two,
participants in the sector who had the necessary skills and in depth
understanding to sort it all out: Mr Michael Waldie in the UK and Mr David
Corbitt in the US.  We planned to make these gentlemen our Managing
Directors to overhaul the business but suddenly we didn't need to, we
received an offer we couldn't refuse from Schroeder Ventures so we offloaded
the company and concentrated on more profitable business.  Interestingly
Schroeders didn't hang onto Cintel for long, they sold it on to a
millionaire speculator: how did he become a millionaire?  Well, he used to
be a billionaire but then he bought Rank Cintel.  

Eric Sykes
Rank Organisation Plc
Stanhope Place
020 7262 9886


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