Rambling conversation with senior citizen turns into really cool manufacturing story

In other news, I took this photo last week in an alley. North York is apparently where York Fair stuffed animal prizes go to die.

In other York Fair news, I took this photo last week in an alley. North York is apparently where York Fair stuffed animal prizes go to die.

So, I went to the York Fair this year.

A lot.

While I was reporting on this story, I met a senior citizen that wouldn’t stop talking to me.

Initially, it was kind of annoying.

I wanted to write my story, get it out of the way and move onto the zillion other things I needed to do that day. Yet he wouldn’t take my body language cues.

He kept talking and talking and wouldn’t leave me alone.

Then, he said something crazy.

He casually told me — in the middle of some other garble — that Gichner, a manufacturer in York County, was manufacturing shelters designed to give embassy workers a place to hide in the event of an attack.

The contract, he said, was directly related to what happened a year ago in Benghazi, Libya.

“Yeah, right,” I thought.

This man didn’t work at Gichner. In fact, he didn’t work at all.

After all, I’m the manufacturing reporter here. If such a cool thing were happening, I WOULD MOST CERTAINLY KNOW ABOUT IT, OBVIOUSLY.

Stupidly, I let the tip (or whatever it was) sit around for a few days. I’d get around to it after the epic shenanigans surrounding the York Fair were over.

Whatever.

Monday afternoon, I called Gichner CEO Thomas Mills to check in.

“I have a crazy question for him,” I told the receptionist. “Are you making shelters for embassies?”

She transferred me to Mills.

Turns out the question wasn’t so crazy. Gichner is doing just that. (Read about it here.)

They can’t say much about it, but who cares?

It’s a pretty cool local connection considering the criticism that’s been happening lately regarding improvements in security for embassies and consulates.

So, yeah, that was cool.

And I learned a valuable lesson.

Listen to the old people at the York Fair. All of them. They know what’s up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Rambling conversation with senior citizen turns into really cool manufacturing story

  1. Pingback: A year in review: Thirteen things I learned in 2013 | BY LAUREN BOYER

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