Machining Industry Scuttlebutt, The Acme Bell Tolls

Bob Atherton of RACO Industrial Corporation recently passed away at 82. In the rough world of used machinery dealers Bob always stood out as a gentle but indefatigable player. His company continues under the leadership of Jack Boescher who worked with Bob for many years before buying into the firm.

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We hear that exhibitors are dropping like fall leaves from the upcoming EMO Milano show in Milan, Italy.
EMO has always been a magnificent opportunity to display wares and meet and greet, but this year it is more a conclave of woe. Hard to imagine, but the European market may be more horrible than the American one at the moment. With many builders teetering on insolvency, a significant number have decided to cut their losses.
Hopefully, by September 2010, business will have rebounded enough to justify the huge cost of exhibiting at McCormick Place in Chicago for the upcoming IMTS show.

Question: What are your best (worst) trade show memories?

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