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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #925: Ethington, Robert L. (June, 2009)

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00:11:49 - 00:13:38 Travel

travel, project leader, industry, meetings, Forest Products Research Society, American Society for Testing and Materials

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BW

Okay. Now did the job that you had, or the projects that you worked on, did they take you away from the office at all? And if so where did you go, did you get to do any traveling?

BE

Yeah I spent quite a bit of time out of the office as a full-time employee, not as a student, but after I signed on. I had been, I had been a full-time employee for six months at the Lab when there were some personnel changes throughout that part of the Forest Service that caused a lot of musical chairs. Now I ended up, after being there six months, as a project leader for kind of a major chunk of research. And as a project leader, I was often out of the office. And there were several different kinds of things that took me out of the office: some of them were working on national projects; there was a northwestern industry committee for example, that was extant at that time, that brought me to the west coast to work with them at times; there were professional meetings in what was then the Forest Products Research Society, and then the American Society for Testing and Materials; and there were meetings of those kinds of organizations that often took me out of the office. On other rare occasions even international travel. So I did have an opportunity to travel quite a bit.

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