SWANA’s turning 50, and we need you to be a part of the celebration.
Who’d have thunk it back in the waning days of 1961—when six Los Angeles area waste managers sat down to discuss the challenges they faced—that the get-together would spawn what is today SWANA, the world’s largest municipal solid waste association?
While it may not be a deep, dark secret, neither is SWANA’s Golden Jubilee the hottest topic on the airwaves, in cyberspace, or even print, so…let’s tell the world about it and take a pat on the back for ourselves as well.
To that end, I’m beating the bushes for photos and tales from you and your colleagues to help us tell the association’s story in a special 50th birthday celebration issue, a significant portion of which will consist of contributions from the people and businesses who have made our industry what it is today. That means you!
Interspersed throughout will be SWANA- or solid waste industry-related memories from you and your colleagues along with old pictures of equipment, places, and people from years long past.
Regarding illustrative materials, we’d prefer receiving scans. But if that’s not practical, just send me your old pictures; we’ll do the scanning on this end and promptly return the originals to you. If you have old product shots, send them to us along with whatever details you can recall. How about pictures of you and your staff taken at the GRCDA conference in ’73 …or from WasteCon last year in Nashville? Whatever the time frame or venue, we need your help telling the world what was going on, so please include the following:
* Who are the people and what were they doing?
Who were they working for?
What in the world were they thinking then…and now?
General description of the scene, including any equipment shown.
As for your memories, fun stories, remembrances, etc. please write them up as if you were being paid by the word. What do you remember from that conference in ’66? Who was there? What was the big buzz of the time? If it’s too long, we’ll edit it down a bit to fit into the printed issue, but we’ll run longer versions in the digital edition that will be posted online and available to anyone at no cost for years to come.
This is a big project and we’re already well under way, so time is of the essence. Please take a few minutes to get those old images and stories to me. I can accept material as late as April 30.
Please feel free to contact me anytime about this project. I can be reached here directly at 805-679-7619, online at www.forester.net/swana50/, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Here’s an example of the kinds of materials we’re looking for:
|The Dapper Six (l-r): Harry King, Jerry Fairbanks, Bob Lawrence, Bill Larson, Lanny Hickman, and Bob Epler.
California Dreaming ... it was the 1978 GRCDA International Seminar and Equipment Show at the Sheraton Harbor Island Hotel where we went from a regional show to a real national one. We had Mike Curb, lieutenant governor of California, give an address at the opening day lunch, a golf tournament at the Torrey Pines Golf Course, dinner in Tijuana, and a full house at the show—so everyone was smiling and happy. We had attracted enough vendors that brought heavy equipment that we took the risk of holding the next year’s show in Phoenix and rented a real convention center for the first time rather than using the meeting space in the conference hotel.
It really was a great time, and it’s when Lanny coined his favorite quote of “this week, GRCDA belongs to the president, the rest of the year it’s mine.”
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May 2nd, 2012
Limitations of Commonly Found Construction Site Sediment Control
Are your temporary BMPs reliable? Join Jerald S. Fifield and Tina R. Evans for the third installment of our advanced Sediment and Erosion Control Master Class Series and the second part of our Effective Sediment Containment Systems Series, Limitations of Commonly Found Construction Site Sediment Control BMPs, exploring temporary BMPs, their limitations (e.g., barrier BMPs), and the principals and practice in assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of barrier BMPs.
May 3rd, 2012
How to Conduct a Water Audit and Avoid the Pitfalls
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May 31st, 2012
How to Calculate Water Audit Payback Periods and Write Water Audit Reports
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