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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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 China  I  was  cut  off  from  the  outside
 mixing  in  and  think  it’s  best  to  remain   a  little  aloof,”  Cushman  says.  “I  learned   1-3/4"  boom  pendants  being  tested  on  the
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         sensor device 10 (rope tester 1), therefore, can be kept at   length of the sensor device 10 in the width direction thereof,
         rest. It is also possible to inspect a wire rope 2 that is at rest.   it is possible to inspect the multiple wire ropes 2 collectively
         In this case, the wire rope 2 is inspected by moving the sen-  using a plurality of the portable rope testers 1. A plurality
         sor device 10 (rope tester 1) along the wire rope 2.  of the portable rope testers 1 may be arrayed on a straight
           The overall shape of the sensor device 10 is a rectangu-  line along the width direction or may be arrayed along the
         lar parallelepiped and is substantially square when viewed   width direction with the positions thereof staggered along
         from the  front. Its length  (width) in  the  lateral direction   the vertical direction.
         when viewed from the front may be greater than its length   The back face (rear face) of the sensor device 10 on the side
         in the vertical direction, i.e., lateral width may be increased.   opposite the sensor face also is formed flat. With reference to
         When the wire rope 2 is inspected, the front of the sensor   figures 2 and 3, four bolts (connecting shafts) 31b have been
         device 10 is pressed against the wire rope 2 upon arranging   secured to the back face of the sensor device 10 spaced apart
         it so that the longitudinal direction of the wire rope 2 and   from one another at locations corresponding to four corners
         the width direction (lateral direction) of the sensor device 10   of a rectangle. The four bolts 31b projecting to the rear pass
         intersect, preferably orthogonally. In order to press the front   through respective ones of compression springs 31a and the
         of the sensor device 10 against the wire rope 2, the columnar   bracket 22 is attached to the four bolts. Formed in the brack-
         handle 23 is attached to the back side of the sensor device 10   et 22 are four through-holes 22a (only one through-hole 22a
         via the brackets 21, 22. The rope tester 1 can be held in one   is illustrated in figure 3) through which respective ones of
         hand by grasping the handle 23. It may be arranged so that   the four bolts 31b are passed. A nut 31c is fixed to the distal
         two handles 23 are attached to, for example, the bracket 22   end of each bolt 31b passing through the through-hole 22a
         in spaced-part relation so that the rope tester 1 can be held   formed in the bracket 22.
         with two hands.                                       Each bolt 31b connecting the sensor device 10 and bracket
           The front of the sensor  device  10 that will be pressed   22 is passed through the respective compression coil spring
         against the wire rope 2 is substantially flat. The flat front of   31a, as mentioned above, and the spring is sandwiched be-
         the sensor device 10 pressed against the wire rope 2 shall be   tween the sensor device 10 and bracket 22. The sensor device
         called the “sensor face”. Figures 1-3 illustrate the manner in   10 and bracket 22 are biased away from each other by the
         which three wire ropes 2 extending in parallel in spaced-part   compression coil spring 31a and, as a consequence, a gap is
         relation  are  inspected  collectively.  Since  each  wire  rope  2   formed between the sensor device 10 and bracket 22. As men-
         has a cross section that is substantially circular, each of the   tioned above, the bolt 31b is passed through the through-hole
         three wire ropes 2 comes into line contact with the sensor   22a formed in the bracket 22 and the bolt 31b and bracket 22
         face of the sensor device 10. Wire ropes 2 inspected may be   are not fixed to each other. When a force acts that pushes the
         one or two or four or more. In case of inspection of multiple                         continued on next page
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