Dave Sala was a true seeker. Eyes wide open, he
was always observing what was going on around him.
If there was a problem, he wanted to know how to fix it.
Whether it was person or a machine, Dave was easily one
of the most considerate, open minded and concientious people
that I've ever had the honor and good fortune to know.
I still can't believe that you're gone, Dave.
It seems like just a few days ago that you helped
me dig my leg out of the rotten ice in the skating
rink at Joy school. The same year, you turned me on
to Arlo Guthrie and hooked me up with a reel to reel
of "Alice's Restuarant". I remember reciting lines
back and forth with you for the next 40 years.
You were a prime mover at Ryan Junior High, acting,
building sets and running the sound and lights.
I remember you in a Fez, covered with pancake
make up. I think your character was Morrocan?
I have a great snapshot somewhere.
You owned that part, man - Nice work!
There may have been a few parties, bonfires and other
adventures at West Valley, but I'm bound by a mutual
agreement by those of us that survived the '70's
to remain silent - You all know who you are...
When we were in the Electronics Tech program on the hill,
you asked questions that made the rest of us think. That
inspired me to dig deeper into the concepts, try to gain
a better comprehention of the material and most of all,
have more fun during lab time blowing stuff up!
I have vivid recollections of you compiling a matrix and
carefully documenting the conditions and voltages required
to make those new-fangled "LED's" explode. I can see the
grin on your face now - Good Times...
Your final conclusion was that the amber ones made the
loudest pop, but needed the most current to really fail
spectacularly. Always the analyst - Well done, Dave.
At KMPS, the "local" UAF station that truly got KSUA off
the ground, You knew and maintained every bit of the coax
and AM transmitter system that filled the dorms with rock.
You had carte blanche in the utilidors and engineering
spaces all over campus.
You were also known to "increase your efficiency" by using a
skateboard to get through the steam tunnels from
the upper dorms to Constitution Hall
- Always thinking, Dave!
You and I spent several years working together at Hoitt's
Installation Center. When you installed a stereo, we always
knew that it was installed with the very highest level of quality.
Every connection, cable run and amp rack was perfect.
You always treated every car like it was your own.
When you moved on to John Fassotte's electronics
shop under Hoitt's, we lost a major asset.
But John gained one. You had the same devotion to
doing the best job that you knew how to
in the field of electronics repair.
Guam Cable will always remember you as "Super Dave",
who had the power to tighten F-connectors that
mere mortals could only remove with a wrench!
Wireless cable customers all over the Tanana Valley
were fortunate enough to have you arrive with a
ladder and boundless energy to bring them
entertainment when no one else could!
Tanana Valley Television owes over a decade of
gratitude to the Chief Engineer that made it all go with bubblegum and paperclips!
And you made it all look neat and sanitary
while you were doing it.
I always appreciated that you were a meticulous labeler,
note taker and journal writer.
You were an extremely concientious tech that always
looked at the big picture and left your clear and precise handwritten notes for "the next guy".
You constantly thought "outside" of youreself.
That's one of the things that I've always tried to learn from you.
I could go on all day about the time that I was privileged to
spend with this awesome guy, from the birthday parties at Hartung for his lovely wife, to the mine in the Alaska range
where we worked on rigs bigger than buildings,
but the what it all really comes down to is that
Dave Sala was one of the best guys that I've ever known,
and We Will ALL Miss You!
I already do.
I love ya, Dave! -Brian Johnson