Dear Editor,

I just read the Rendertorial in the December 2015 issue of Render and wanted you to know that my wife Martha and I recall the 1996 convention where I ran into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the elevator. Much of what you talk about I recall feeling as well in my early conventions but we had already attended a few by then.

We were all quite a bit younger in 1996 and were not as confident in the “Ritz”-type setting. Martha and I were walking through the hotel in blue jeans because we were heading to the wharf when we were stopped by hotel staff and told that blue jeans were not permitted in the hotel.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your article and you certainly are a key member of the “family.” I did not remember that 1996 was the BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) year but it certainly makes sense.

By the way, Dr. Don Franco was wonderful to Martha and I as well and he liked talking about Iowa State University because of the labs there. He had spent significant time in Ames, Iowa. Martha put me through school while she worked at the veterinary school and Dr. Franco was so warm to us. He really knew how to make us feel comfortable.

Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do.

Paul Rothenberger
Alloy Hardfacing & Engineering
Jordan, Minnesota

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