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Seeking Synergism

Art Fettig's Monday Morning Memo 
October 2, 2017 
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In this Issue
o  Seeking Synergism 
o  Say Something Good 
o  Points To Ponder 
o  A Little Humor 
o  Quote 
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Seeking Synergism 
Seeking SynergyDid you ever dip into the meaning of the word “Synergism” synergism (noun) the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.  Ever so often when I encounter that word I have a flood of good memories gushing into my mind.

Take the years I worked with Dr. G. Herbert True at Notre Dame. When we’d get together creative sparks would fly across the room. He sort of mentored me in the speaking business. My earning and learning took leaps forward under his wing. He claims I saved his life. I think we saved each other’s. But that is another story.

Terry Pochert, videographer and all around genius.  His hours of shooting videos with me in Newfoundland, Michigan, Texas, Hawaii, and Arizona and tedious, patient days of editing resulted in videos that reached a dozen major industries in the U.S. and Canada.  

Roger Thurgaland worked with me as a free agent at the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. Together we ground out about fifty audio-visual presentations that I might modestly claim helped change the course of that railroad. Roger was a genius at production and he had a voice that could tempt an angel. Our slide shows, including Operation Lifesaver, (prior to video) are said to have reached millions in conjunction with railroad safety programs. I would hand Roger a tattered sorry script and he would go into our sound room and come out a few hours later with a sound track that would keep me smiling for weeks. What a joy to work with.

Greg Brayton, the music man in my life. For five years our synergy continued to amaze me.

Julius Carrasco, a genius Flamenco World Class Guitarist who found worth in my poor efforts.. He amplified my bongo drums and brought new meaning to my life.

How you find people like this?  When Thomas Edison was asked where he got his ideas from said, “They are all around us in the ether of the air. You have to look for them.”

In my case these people appeared in my life when I needed them most. Picture them in your mind and keep on searching.

What's your story?  Please leave your comments on my Blog by Clicking Here.

Say Something Good
Swap Meet
Did you ever participate actively in a Yard Sale or a Garage Sale or a Swap Meet?  My dear wife Jean thought it would be a good way to see a lot of our precious old things get into the right hands. The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough here in North Carolina sponsored such an event and there we were at seven o’clock a.m. on the lawn in front of our Historical Visitors Center wrestling with a heavy table that would make strong men blink.  We laid out our big tarp on the grass, wet with morning dew.  Then we set up three tables and put out two carloads of our “stuff".  Five hours later we started loading up those three tables and took a mess of our "stuff" back home with us.  We’d sold maybe half of it. I sold two old Conga Drums, a brand new set of horseshoes, some good lookin’ old woven baskets, and Jean had sold a lot of glassware, a few cook books, and many more items that apparently made the buyers happy. Later a pretty volunteer came up and said she would help us in any way we needed and helped us load up our cars. A nicer, more pleasant, happier, friendlier bunch of people you couldn’t find anywhere, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the folks and the experience but I’ll pass on doing it again. What’s that old Hoagy Carmichael song lyric…? Old rockin’ chair’s got me …

Old rockin' chair's got me, my cane by my side
Fetch me that gin, son, 'fore I tan your hide…
Can't get from this cabin, goin' nowhere
Just set me here grabbin' at the flies round this rockin' chair

Well, yes that would be an exaggeration, but it did take us two days to recuperate.

May God Bless America and bring us world peace.

Points To Ponder
How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most. Stephen Covey

A Little Humor 
A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall.  The police are looking into it.

Quote
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be. John Wooden

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