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I agree completely with Mr. Warne.

Tony Powers

> ----------
> From: 	Jim Warne
> Sent: 	Thursday, February 19, 1998 2:42 PM
> To: 	seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org
> Subject: 	Re: Company Advertising
> 
>   
> 
> Bill Allen  asked for a vote. . . .draw and quarter Joe Deppe . . .or
> "encourage" EaglePoint to buy advertisement at the SEAOC web site? 
> 
> C'mon, guys, just let him contribute like anyone else. Where's the
> threat, and who's the victim? All he did was tell us, replying to a
> query on "our" list server, that his company has software we might
> want to buy. 
> 
> If a salesman is too long winded, or sends too many messages, he loses
> his credibility and hurts his own chances. On the other hand, if his
> product has a chance of being useful, I'd like to know about it. 
> 
> Technical sales is a two way street. When the Trus-Joist salesman
> knocks on the door, we let him in because he's bringing a catalogue
> full of design aids and stories about what's happening on the job
> sites. In return, we consider specifying his product. We are all on
> the same side of the fence when it comes to working for better
> projects. 
> 
> Some American contributors have talked as if advertising is EVIL. . .
> sorry ... "not professional". I thought that you'd find that kind of
> talk only in England ("Shame allowing that one into our club, what?
> Not really in our class, is he?"). 
> 
> Guess I'd imagined every American believed that free enterprise was
> good for us. 
> 
> My vote is: Let it ride. Wait till we're flooded with a few hundred
> more sales pitches before we start thinking about rules on what's
> acceptable speech for structural engineers. 
> 
> Jim Warne 
> jwarne(--nospam--at)direct.ca 
> Vancouver, Canada
>