*Thirty-six Celebrate 40th Anniversary of FEP*
The Turbine Cowboy Roundup honored the career of field engineering and those who made it possible. Conceived in 1966 by then GE Vice President and General Manager, Charles "Tip" Thomas, the FEP has graduated approximately 2000 field engineers and representatives over these 40 years. Managers like Joe Markey, Bob Hody, Phil May and Joe Carr made the programs successful and FEDC facility function successfully in the early years. Markey and May attended the reunion. Carr sent his regrets from Maine.
28 FEP buddies reunited for a few laughs and lies. Some dared to bring their spouses, children, grandchildren and partners. The mechanical lab crew from the 1970s was reunited. See name list below.
31 FEP sent email regrets that they could not attend. Dennis Ledbetter, the original Turbine Cowboy, was one who sent regrets. Emails were posted for everyone to read.
Dennis Landers sent a personal portrait called (Field Engineer on a Stick). It was stuck in the ground outside the 1850s school house!
The weather was perfect!
The four favorite words of field engineers were acknowledged: FREE FOOD AND BEER!
No expense accounts or receipts were required! Those on per diem got a FREEBEE and can pocket the money!
No long-winded speeches were given. We were all thankful for that!
No SIX SIGMA reports were required (or is that SICK STIGMA?). After all, this was not GE sanctioned!
Sponsors: Dave Lucier & Charlie Pond
Cooks & Set-up Crew: Many thanks to Kim Graff, Skip Beck, Dave Graff & Corey Graff.
Where held? Amsterdam, NY, 25 miles west of Schenectady GE Main Plant.
When? Saturday, July 8th, 2006
Fixin's: Burgers, hot dogs, chicke and deserts cooked on the open fire and grills. This was truly *Turbine Cowboy style of cooking. Andy Tomko brought some salads and other goodies and we thank him.
Drinks: Cold beer (FREE, of course) and soft drinks.
Entertainment: We all told many Tall Tales and Outright Lies. Also, most of us tried to suck in our guts and cover up the balding spots on top of our heads.
Other Happenings Everyone wandered around and checked out all the antique British Roadsters, up close and personal. Triumphs, MG's, Austin Healeys. There was even a 1965 Mustang under restoration.
Several cars from the PAL Engineering sponsored MG racing fleet were on display.
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