Have a great day and think about yesterday's keynote speakers

Blog Post created by gcolonna Employee on Jun 23, 2015

As I was outside heading for the lake on my morning's attempt at exercise, I came upon Soldier Field.  I was at Soldier Field watching the Chicago Bears as a child in the early 60's.  I lived north of the city near the naval recruit training center in Great Lakes, IL 3 times over about 12 years - that's because my father was in the Navy and stationed there in between tours afloat.  So, I remember Soldier Field (it looks a bit different today) and I remember only day games at Wrigley Field and Ernie Banks saying, "Let's play two."  I also remember old Comiskey Park for the Chisox.  But what struck me this morning was the words on the stadium and they reminded me of yesterday's keynote presenters, especially Ken Harbaugh with Team Rubicon.  My photo this morning reminds us about one of the points he made.  The last time I left Chicago, was due to my father's orders to Vietnam; and like Ken's comments, the unpopular war in America, made it hard for the military to be recognized other than with ridicule.  So, as we begin Day 2 at the 2015 NFPA C&E, keep in mind as you attend educational sessions and learn new things or network with the vendors at the Expo, the vast resources represented here all for a common goal - eliminating the global threat from fire, electrical and related hazards.  Think how each of the presenters addressed the problem of identifying what resources are needed, where can they be obtained, and how can they be leveraged and applied to the problem.  That's what the NFPA members and NFPA staff represent - resources.  I look forward to meeting many more of you at today's session or at the Expo.  I look forward to working with you as we address Jim Pauley's challenge to all of us in his remarks.  If you haven't had the opportunity to answer his questions, please take a moment to do so or come speak with staff directly and we'll capture your responses to those two questions.  Have a great day!


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