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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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 12      ported within a Y-shaped frame 208, the roller 210 being   21, in order to facilitate storage of the stand assembly, or for
                     Wire  Rope  News  &  Sling  Technology          August  2006
         connected to the frame 208 through an axle or spindle as-  other purposes.
         sembly  214. The frame  208  is  configured  to  work  with  a
         stand plate 260, and the stand plate 260 is connected to a   Termination installation for long cables
         plurality of legs 280 that support and elevate the cable sup-  Pat. 10,054,505  U.S. class D07B 1/185  Int. class B66D 1/00
         port system 200. Generally, the example embodiment cable   Inventor: Richard V. Campbell, Havana, FL.
         support system 200 is capable of switching between at least   Assignee: Bright Technologies, LLC., Havana, FL.
         two different states, or at least two modes of use or opera-  A method for creating a composite cable having at least
         tion: a first mode, in which the roller 210 and frame 208 are   one high-performance termination on at least one end. A
         positioned above the stand plate 260, as shown in figure 18;   high-performance termination is added to an end of a short
         and a second mode, in which the roller 210 and frame 208   synthetic tensile strength member. The strength of the ten-
         are positioned below the stand plate 260, as shown in fig-  sile strength member and termination is then tested. Once
         ure 19. In the first mode, as shown in figure 18, the frame   tested satisfactorily,  the short  cable is  spiced onto a long
         208 is configured to fit within an aperture 262 defined in   cable of the same type using prior art splicing techniques.
         the stand plate 260.                                                                  continued on next page
           In the second mode, a holding block 264 or similar appara-
         tus is inserted into the aperture 262 in the stand plate 260,
         as shown in figure 20; the holding block 264 includes a hook
         234 or other apparatus for holding. The frame 208 holding
         in the roller 210 includes a suspension member 230 with a
         small aperture 232 to receive the hook 234 or other appara-
         tus for holding. In this mode, then, the frame 208 holding
         in the roller 210 is suspended from (or hanging from) the
         stand plate 260, as shown in figure 19. In this mode or state,
         the roller 210 is closer to the ground or surface than in the
         other mode or state, and being closer to the ground or sur-
         face facilitates the pay out or taking up of cable through the
         roller 210 when the cable is being paid out or taken up at a
         particular angle or, for example, from underground. In some
         configurations or modes of use, the stand plate 260 receives
         a holding block 268 that is unadorned, and is inserted into
         the aperture 262 in the stand plate 260, as shown in figure
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