A tentative list of some well-known (and less well-known) local folk.
Giovanni ( known as Tony) Tarditi
He studied electrical , and radio communications at Stow College in Glasgow just after WW2. He went on from there and built his first radiogram ( wireless combined record player) in 1950, and his first black and white pictured television set in 1952. I am 99% sure our household was the first in Airdrie to have a b/w television set. At that time television was only broadcasted through one channel,BBC, and even then it was only limited to broadcasting the news channel. Never the less, neighbours would queue up our garden path at 23 Whitehill Avenue in Thrashbush waiting their turn to come in for a few minutes to view the news. Neighbours,family and friends around Airdrie and out lying villages depended on my father to repair their wireless sets, and later in time, also their television sets. He gained notability and respect for his expertise and ability. [Thanks for details sent by his daughter]
Arthur J. Higgins was born on March 6, 1956 in Airdrie, Scotland. He studied at Scotland’s Strathclyde University from 1974 to 1978, where he gained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in biochemistry. He is Chairman of the Executive Board of Schering AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of the future Bayer Schering Pharma AG, respectively. Arthur J. Higgins has been Chairman of the Bayer HealthCare Executive Committee since July 1, 2004 and from January 1, 2006 – 2010 Chairman of the Board of Management of Bayer HealthCare AG. Since then he is Consultant, Blackstone Healthcare Partners of The Blackstone Group. Director of Ecolab since 2010. Member of the Compensation and Governance Committees.
David Hamill is Chairman of Ideal Standard International and has been with the company since January 2010 He was Chairman and Chief Executive of ICI Paints. Born in Airdrie in 1957, he graduated from Strathclyde University with an honours degree in production engineering and management. After working for Honeywell and general Instruments, he joined Philips Semiconductors as product manager in 1986. Two years later he was appointed plant director of Philips Hazel Grove, UK.
John Goldie is originally from Coatbridge but after a lot of hard work finally made it to the dizzy heights of Airdrie where John has lived for the last 15 years. He started playing clubs locally when he was around 15/16 yrs old, progressing eventually to session work and concert hall tours with various US acts. Played jazz for about 5 years and is part of the award winning group Spirit of D’jango – well known at the time for the Renault Clio advert on TV. John now works all over the world as a solo artist mainly playing guitar festivals – his last cd was launched in Nashville at the Chet Atkins festival and he is busy all year round touring. John is planning to do some gigs locally next year and currently looking into the local scene – something he hasn’t done before. Mp3 clips are downloadable from the website. Check it out..
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