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 right  off  the  bat  not  to  do  that.  I  just
 he has kept to this day, which has
 played the game. I ate, drank, and
 allowed him to become a successful
 partied  when  the  hosts  suggested  it.  I
 importer from the very start of his
 never  said  no.  I  was  astute  with  chop
 business. He typically drop ships
 stick,  learned  how  to  toast  directly,  and
 container  loads  to those  suppliers  in
 acted  with  all  the  proper  manners. I
 North  America  and  Europe  who  don’t
 made  a  point  to  learn  all  these  things.
 have these contacts which Cushman
 My hosts often said I must have an
 has  built  up  over  the  years.
 oriental wife. For this reason I was
 Is becoming a successful importer
 accepted much quicker  than I  might
 simply  a  matter  of  traveling  to  a  foreign
 have  been  otherwise.”
 company  and  placing  an  order?  Hardly.
 In  a  typical  day  one  supplier  would
 To get good deals and build loyalty
 take  him  to  breakfast  and  then  on  a
 takes  not  only  business  savvy  but  also
 factory  tour.  Then  he  would  be  handed
 considerable cultural acumen.
 off to another supplier and go on
 Cushman  got  his  start  in  learning  how
 another  tour.  Back  at  the  hotel  he  had  a
 to  relate  to  businessmen  from  different
 half  hour  to  clean  up  and  then  it  was  off
 cultures when they would visit this
 to  a  dinner  and  party  which  would  last
 country  and  he  would  meet  them  in  the
 until  midnight.  Cushman  traveled  for
 hope  of  picking  up  new  vendors.  “We
 about 12 years. Normally he would
 would  hang  out  together  and  we  would
 embark  every  nine  months  for  two  to
 always go out in the evening,”
 three  weeks.  “The  hardest  was  when  I
 Cushman  recalls.  “I  soon  learned  that
 had  23  flights  in  22  days,”he  recalls.
 Koreans, Chinese, and others from
 Cushman had many interesting
 oriental  countries  did  not  like  steak  or
 experiences on his travels. “My first
 hamburgers.  I  would  take  them  to  the
 experience  in  mainland  China  in  the
 best ethnic restaurant representing
                           company’s  116'  long  test  bed.
 1980s  was  like  going  back  200  years,  he
 their  culture.  I  still  do  that  today.”
                           world for two weeks. No one knew
 recalls.  “There  was  no  infrastructure,
 When Cushman began visiting
                           where  I  was. My family was  a  little
 no  transportation  systems,  and  limited
 foreign countries, he knew how to
                           concerned.  My  wife  said  never  do  that
 accomodations.  On  my  second  trip  to
 behave.  “A  lot  of  people  don’t  believe  in
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 12      of second upper tubular portion 68 is connected to first flange   coil spring 145. Unwinding the cord in this manner may spin
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         202A such that tubular portion 68 is connected to outlet tube   the spindle 140. The cord 130 may be allowed to retract in
         62 via the passageway of first extendable tube 220A.  response to recoil pressure from coil spring 145. The enclo-
                                                              sure 120 may be attached to or integrally formed with a han-
         Universal winder                                     dle 110. The winder 100 may also include a trigger 150. Ac-
         Pat. 9,643,814  U.S. class B65H 75/30  Int. class B65H 75/30  tuating the trigger 150 may cause friction to slow or stop the
         Inventor:  Mark Charles Feffer, Annapolis, MD.       rotation of spindle 140. In other embodiments, other devices
         Assignee: Mark Charles Feffer, Annapolis, MD.        (e.g., a button or switch) may be used in place of a trigger
           Many long, slender, and flexible items, such as wire, rope,   150 and the location may be varied to accommodate thumb
         string, webbing, hose, cord, etc., are used every day for a vari-  or forefinger actuation. Trigger 150 is shown in a configu-
         ety of purposes. These items may be wound around a spool for   ration accommodating forefinger actuation, although other
         neat and compact storage. The systems and methods described   placements may be possible.
         herein provide a universal winder which may be capable of   The spool 200 may be used for winding items, such as wire,
         winding any such item around spools of many different sizes.   rope, string, webbing, hose, tubing, cord, and/or any other
         As described in greater detail below, a universal winder may be   elongated and flexible object capable of being wound. In the
         a hand-held and manually operated device which may allow a   following discussion, string is used as an example for ease
         user to quickly and easily wind an item around a spool.  of explanation. The spool 200 may include a shaft 210 and
           Figure 10 is a perspective view of a winder 100 and spool   flanges 220. The shaft 210 may be partially or completely
         200 according to an embodiment of the invention. Figure 11   hollow, with an interior cavity 240 which may be shaped to
         is a side elevation view of the winder 100, and figure 12 is   fit onto the spindle 140 of the winder 100. In the example of
         an overhead elevation view of the winder 100. The winder   figure 10, the spindle 140 and cavity 240 have corresponding
         100 may include a handle 110 and enclosure 120, which may   star-shaped patterns. However, other patterns may be possi-
         be regarded as a winder 100 body. In some embodiments,   ble (e.g., square, hex, Phillips-shaped, etc.). When the spool
         the handle 110 may include a grip surface 115 which may   200 is mounted on the spindle 140, rotating the spindle 140
         be configured to conform to a user’s hand as shown. Other   (e.g., by pulling the cord 130) may cause the spindle 140,
         embodiments may have handles 110 with different shapes   and thus the spool 200, to rotate.
         or designs. The enclosure 120 may house a cord 130 wound   In other embodiments, the spool 200 may be attached to
         around the base of a spindle 140. The enclosure 120 may   the spindle 140 in some other way, for example by locking or
         also house a coil spring 145. The cord 130 may exit the en-  fastening in place. In some embodiments, the shaft 210 may
         closure through a hole 125. The cord 130 may include a pull   be open on both ends, so that the spool 200 can be rotated
         handle 135, which may be pulled by a user to unwind the   180 degrees and inserted on the spindle 140 in either direc-
         cord 130 against spring pressure caused by unwinding the
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