I'm guessing on this one, but I think it's around 1995. That's me on the left and Carl Claesson, Hasselblad USA's services manager. In the middle are ten Swedish college students who were doing a tour of Swedish companies in the United States.
Like every Throwback Thursday post I share, photographs bring out memories and along with them, stories.
This was a very focused group of college kids. Right off the bat, I'm not sure any student would dress for a visit to any company these days, but they were entirely professional. They're all in suits! Initially, I had suggested they not visit, since we were just a distribution and service center. There was nothing to see that was different than thousands of other warehouses and service centers. However, they wanted to see the business and ask questions about doing business in the US market.
I think it was the woman in the gray suit who after staring at my ring wanted to know what the "SC" stood for and then asked if I went to school in South Carolina. She was so proud to have made the link - but somewhat disappointed when I told her they were my initials.
And last on the memory list was working with Carl for those twelve years. I haven't kept in touch with him, but he's one of the finest people I've ever worked with and his reputation as a services manager is legendary. Photographers knew their gear was always in good hands with Carl and his team! His son Paul works for Hasseblad today.
Oh, one more memory - almost every Friday night in that archway behind everybody, Al Zimmerman, Bob Nunn and Jim Morton and I would light up a cigar. Another week down and "X" weeks to go, we'd talk about the business, our lives and then head home as one of the cigar-smokin' stinky boys. Nobody smells good after a cigar!
Photographs bring back memories, and they're your chance for great content on your blog. Remind "Mom" that time keeps moving, the kids are changing and today's events are tomorrow's memories. Then, share some of your older photographs and the memories.
Happy Throwback Thursday!
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