lol, No offense but you say that as if its easy for me to tell my job to screw off so I can do a personal project. :]
You getting deployed?
That, on the other hand, would really suck.
@tremor: Man that is a really good point. What technologies could we replicate? Me, personally? Probably none. My skills and education are a function of the digital age--completely transcending anything industrial or vocational. You don't even have to think of your scenario as "going back to the past," but potentially as "what can you contribute to rebuilding the future."
back to the OP: Personally, I would love some well-written material on low level EE. Its something my program at a university level seriously lacked, and it bothers me to this day.