The second Barn Gang was started as a luncheon group of Dayton Engineers Club members
in 1992. The name is a throwback to the Barn Gang of Charles F. Kettering and Col.
Edward A. Deeds, who, with a group of others, electrified the ignition system of
gasoline engines and invented the electric starter for these engines, in Col. Deeds
barn on Central Avenue in Dayton, about 1910. It was started by Tom Sheetz, retired
protocol officer from WPAFB., Wilson Charbonneaux, retired president of several successive
manufacturing companies, Chuck Dempsey, retired WWII B24 bomber pilot and member
of the Medical Research Laboratory of WPAFB. They were joined by Ken Zahrt, retired
future planning engineer from WPAFB and Bob Overman, retired engineer from General
Motors, Inland Division. Bob had developed the airbag for automobiles, with some
others. I joined this Barn Gang, having been given the Deeds-Kettering award and
having led the Electric Car Symposiums held at the Engineers Club. The groups luncheons
started at 11.00 a.m., with soup and sandwiches, and a technical talk at 12:00 noon.
Note: The Barn Gang continues to meet weekly at the Engineers Club of Dayton every
Tuesday at 11:00 AM. For more information please go to the Engineers Club website