September 9, 2015 - Issue: Vol. 161, No. 129 — Daily Edition114th Congress (2015 - 2016) - 1st Session
IN COMMEMORATION OF ARTHUR A. COLLINS' 106TH BIRTHDAY; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 129
(Extensions of Remarks - September 09, 2015)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1241] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN COMMEMORATION OF ARTHUR A. COLLINS' 106TH BIRTHDAY ______ HON. ROD BLUM of iowa in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 9, 2015 Mr. BLUM. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to celebrate the birthday of a true innovator and representative of American ingenuity: Arthur A. Collins. Fascinated and inspired by the invention of the radio, Collins tinkered with homemade antennas and transmitters from an early age at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a young adult, Arthur turned his hobby into a basement business where he sold the first complete radio transmitting equipment in the country. Since its humble beginnings in Iowa in the thirties, the Collins Radio Company evolved and adapted to design and manufacture flight control instruments, first commercially successful data modems, and the communications equipment for the Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury space programs. Today, Rockwell Collins, the largest employer in the First District of Iowa, continues to create innovative technology for both the defense and civilian sectors. The company, still based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, designs, engineers, and builds electronic communication systems, avionics, and in-flight entertainment systems worldwide. Arthur A. Collins pioneered one of the greatest technological revolutions in history and left an enduring legacy in the business world. Today, on what would have been his 106th birthday, I honor the genius of this great Iowan and celebrate his American success story. Mr. Collins is an amazing example of the American Dream and a testament to the power of hard work, foresight, and perseverance. ____________________