DALLAS - History was made at Antec 2001.
G. Palmer Humphrey Sr. and Guy A. Martinelli did not show up - but instead, the longtime pals used videotape to make their famous Laurel-and-Hardy-style adjournment motion.
Humphrey joined the Society of Plastics Engineers' New York Section in 1946. Martinelli signed up a few years after that. They became close friends and for years did the long-winded but humorous routine to wrap up the SPE annual business luncheon at each Antec.
But this year, they could not make it. So they made a tape of the motion and the second and shipped it to SPE. It aired at the Monday business lunch during Antec 2001 in Dallas.
The men, each jauntily dressed and holding a golf club, stand behind a car parked at a golf course in South Carolina, where Humphrey lives. Inside the car's open trunk are two large golf bags. Humphrey made the motion. Martinelli seconded.
Both men are SPE junkies. In a Plastics News story last year, Martinelli said he has kept a record of every one of the motions from Antec.