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January 2013 Newsletter, Stories & Announcements...


I don't know if you are experiencing the same phenomenon I am but I have been inundated with newsletters and offers since the first of the year. Vendors I haven't heard from in years have sent out emails and some individuals and companies are sending out several a week or even daily emails. I don't want to be part of a flood of emails you lose interest in so my intent is to concentrate, as I always try to do, on information you will find useful and interesting.

New access to hard to find owner's manuals...
For many years we have received requests for owner's manuals and other information to assist individuals who own various globes and celestial spheres. In the past, we have been able to respond with an email containing the specific information needed or with the contact information for the appropriate manufacturer so the end user could obtain a hard copy replacement of the owner's manual for their globe.

With the industry changing upheavals among globe manufacturers, in some cases it is no longer possible to provide printed documents for individuals who have acquired used products or who have lost their owner's manual or other information. In some cases, the information is not available at all since the manufacturer has gone out of business.

In an effort to begin addressing this problem, we have created a new resource on our World Globe Universe web site. Visitors can access a collection of Owner's Manuals and support information either through our Globe University portal.

At the present time we have posted mostly information that supports orphaned products for which manufacturer support is no longer available. Of particular interest is the Starship Earth II Celestial Sphere. This popular model has been sold for many years under the Artline brand. With the shuttering of Spherical Concepts, the printed owner's manual is out of print and no source has been available for new users, acquiring the sphere second hand, to be able to get the information they need to utilize this beautiful reference model. We scanned the owner's manual from a private collection and have posted the resulting PDF of the manual for viewing, downloading, and printing.

The Starship Earth II owner's manual is just one example of the information that is being lost to all globe enthusiasts. To help stem this attritional loss, I would like to extend an invitation to you and any of your friends who may share your enthusiasm for globes. If you are the owner of a globe or celestial model that is rare, discontinued, or orphaned, and would like to preserve the support information you have for your cherished globe, please contact World Globe Universe customer support and we will investigate with you the possibility of posting the resource for use by other globe enthusiasts who many acquire the product without the benefit of an owner's manual or other support information.

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Thank you for spending this time with us and we'll see you again next month!

Larry Murray

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