The month before I went to Frankfurt, to meet Barbara Sher (author of Wishcraft), there was a Deming conference in Van Nuys, California.
I had not seen my Deming friends for far too long. New friends like Paula Marshall, CEO of *Bama Pies,*who met Dr Deming about the same years I did. We were so blessed to spend time with him in those last year’s before he died in 1993 at the age of 93.
I saw again,
Mason. I gratefully credit her with the NBC documentary she produced ” If Japan can, why can’t we? ” From 1981 forward she dedicated her life effort to bringing Dr W.Edwards Deming’s theories to the American people. He certainly made his mark from 1950 forward in Japan the country’s award to companies was called the Deming prize.It is said that Deming brought his teachings to a 100k people in the USA when at 81 he continued his increased effort till he died at 93.
Another friend, Dan Robertson, co-author of Deming’s Profound Changes was there. Near the end of the conference,
I asked him about going together to LAX and Dan says:
“No, no, I flew down on my plane it’s parked at the airport behind the hotel.
I said “You have your own plane?”
He was going to fly back to Palo Alto in Northern California.
“Did you come here alone?”
“Do you mind if I go with you.”
“Okay, but what will you do up there?”
I said “Carpe Diem”
We walked to the airport fence and gate behind the hotel. We felt like rock stars.
I call that my airplane story.