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Our local chapter had a pretty cool gathering a week or two ago where we celebrated the senior surveyors in our area. All of the surveyors with registration number less than 3000 were feted at a chapter meeting. There was BBQ and a series of short speeches commemorating our mentors and bosses who are the tangible link to the surveyors of old. We heard about the progress of setting up the survey program at Odessa College. The TSPS prez and Bill O'Hara both had a few words. A lot of the guys brought their old equipment out of the supply closet for display. Got to see a couple different models of Tellurometers, Monroe baby comptometers, Curta mechanical calculators, slide rules, lots of photos and cool stuff.
I had the pleasure of introducing my boss. I talked about the legacy of survey in West Texas from the railroad surveyors in the 1870s and even the early Spanish explorers who travelled the area long before. I told the audience that I double checked with Mr. Schumann before the meeting and he denied working with either group.
Members and families were invited and some news people were there. It was $10 per person and some good BBQ was served. I think we had over 100 people in attendance, but I haven't heard the final count. I got to meet RPLSer Greg and Mrs. Shoults in person and I met some other surveyors who I have known of for many years but never met in person. I think everyone had a good time and it was nice to be able to recognize these guys who have employed a lot of people and trained a lot of new surveyors over the years.
Here's an article that was written about the meet and my employer.
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