This letter was written in response to the July 10, Page 6 Perspective column, “Should Hall of Fame induction be revoked for nonattendance?” and subsequent Mailbag letters on the topic.
Hall of Fame legacy for me is the enormous pleasure in remembering my being hired by Jack Welch, and being hired by Jobst Gellert, who was Bob Schad's chief engineer at Husky, and who worked alongside of Lou Temesvary in the early days of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.
It's my list of GE Plastics alumni that is on my desk as I type this response. It includes the leaders of the early days who told the thermoset replacement story, the metal replacement story and the shape-of-things-to-come engineering foam story with great energy, vision, and guts.
I frankly don't care whether Jack Welch showed up physically for the award. He was there. He was there in the hearts and minds of those salesmen and women and market developers with guts who visited the Bell and Howells, and the Whirlpools, changing their metal parts to plastic and their thermoset switches to Valox PBT and Ultem PEI with great drive and energy.
It's true that Omer Murphy, Jack Lidstone, Tom Fitzgerald and Dan Fox got him there into the Hall of Fame, and like so many others, they are looking down from somewhere beyond chuckling at the thought. All of us who were at Vail in the early days celebrating remember Jack Welch standing on the table to sing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.”
There or no — Hall of Fame? — he was the right choice. He did it. He got all of us there.
Thanks, Jack. You played the game to win and made winners of all of us, too.
Laguna Beach, Calif.