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Pumps and People in Four Parts, Part 1

Hi, Jim: One of my degrees was chemical engineering, so pumps have been high on my list. Thanks.

Can't let this go without an(other) anecdote: About 1957 our mechanics went on a (friendly!) strike, two or three weeks. (Believe it or not, we had several.)

I had just bought a used car (Ford coupe) from a recently deceased (my) doctor' heirs. In the trunk was an old-fashioned doctor's case. To my pleasant amazement, it was filled with a fairly new and fairly complete tool set. Lagniappe. Only paid $400 for the car.

Believe it or not, I was good packer of pumps. And assistant to the WR (Wisconsin Rapids) mill production manager. Leaky packing? Call the Dr., me.

I have another, not pump related, story from then, if you want it.

George Mead

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin



Thanks! Other than Bill Laidig, I'll bet there is not another retired CEO that says they can pack a pump. Send the other story, I would be glad to hear it.



1. With the new pumps and packing, I doubt that I could do it today. But I could learn!~

2. Frozen valve on the bottom of a clay tank. Needed to be replaced. Short nipple; my Dr's bag wrench not long or tough enough. 5:30 PM. Me: "Will you need this tonight?" Operator: "No, we can get by."

So the next morning I go to the storeroom and check out a 3-4 foot wrench. Go to tank and attach wrench. Crew watching; I should have been suspicious. Pull and fall on my butt. Crew had broken all union rules and loosened it for me.

I said they were friendly strikes.




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