Per the title, an old family friend mentioned at dinner this afternoon that he worked at Fender '64-'69... I had no idea, but he brought it up when I said something about shopping for a guitar. So I pretty much co-opted his conversation for the next hour. He had some pretty funny stories... doubt I'll remember 'em all, but he said he'd check if he had any pictures from that time. Of course, he had no idea that there was a legion of enthusiasts and collectors out there who were into those guitars. First, and most relevant to this forum: he described himself as a night-shift assembly manager for thinline and solidbody teles for part of his time there. He also did a fair amount of binding, painting & other finishing at various times. "can't tell you how many sunbursts I painted...." The only guitar he had from that time, a candy-apple red tele custom now belongs to his grandson (who probably sold it for meth, he thinks). He's (edited to withhold the name for now) - don't know if there's any documentation out there where his name might show up? He also kept mentioning someone named Art Cadero (spelling?) who did a lot of the inspection of finished instruments. Says he knew Leo, too, but didn't share any specifics. Among his stories included: One of the amp & guitar case guys borrowed his truck for the night, and when he returned it, the whole interior had been lined with orange/red velvet (the stuff that lines the cases). The Cadero guy mentioned above offered to carve him a shifter knob for that same truck from a rosewood billet (from a reject pile). He carved it, borrowed the keys, and that night glued the new knob to the shifter. Robert went out to his car that morning to find a large dark rosewood c0ck shifter knob! He also had stories about junkie mex immigrant employees who could only work the middle 3 hours of the shift (too high for the first 3, too shaky for the later 3), but in the middle 3 were the fastest, best binding gluers around. He "hid" them in the back of the shop while they weren't able to work. A body sander was an immigrant from Columbia (I think?) who was a high-level government chemist back home (essentially in hiding). He helped come up with better glues for holding the thinlines together. Anyway, he said that as part of the CBS reorganization, his night shift crew was eventually shut down - he was offered a job to stay on as a painter, and did that for several months before finally leaving. Pretty cool conversation, I'll try to pick his brain some more the next time I see him. Any ideas for questions I ought to ask the guy? anyway, thanks for reading.