Monday, July 15, 2013

Surfing around Harry Hines Boulevard

It was Saturday night, he moved south of Harry Hines almost downtown without luck. There were plenty of collaborators around; he just hadn’t found the right one.  His lifelong ambition within his grasp, but there was still some work to be done.

Harry Hines Boulevard is a major street in Dallas, Texas, (USA), to the west of Uptown. It was one of the very first 'highways' in Texas, and named for Harry Hines in honor of his work helping to get roads paved in this part of the state.

Our man was determined, as always, that nothing and no one would stand in his way. His objectives were clear. He would officially submit his proposal before the end of the summer. He would spend the necessary time or whatever it took to win the deal.

Harry Hines served on the Texas Highway Commission from Feb. 15, 1935 to April 11, 1941 and for the first two years as its chair according to the records at the Texas Department of Transportation.

As he stopped at a traffic light and staring up at the Dallas skyline rising above him; shadowy structures outlined in white and blue and green lights visible  for forty miles in the night sky.

Harry Hines Boulevard forms the main part of the route taken by the Kennedy motorcade to Parkland Memorial Hospital immediately after the assassination shooting in November, 1963. It is home to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

He had been in the business for decades now and his female partner had been his aide since she graduated twenty five years ago.  She was savvy, articulate, and photogenic asset to his business career. They had been working on multiple projects together for almost thirty years now, long enough to make them a very effective team.

Today, the Harry Hines area is home to a wholesale district filled with minority owned wholesale warehouses. One stretch of it is well known for its raffish street activity of hustlers, drug peddlers and prostitution.

His thoughts turned to the project, as they often did in times like this. There was a job to be done at Highland Park.

Now, some might blame the Texas summer heat, but less than an hour ago, the audience, the tech people, and the lawyers who never had thought that much about the environment,  they all stood up and promised to fight for the values he’d proposed.


Picture: Helge V. Keitel, KK-Net, Dallas (1994)

What damage would be done to the campaign if the press got wind of their latest invention?  In his opinion, none! Their meeting took place in the main dining room of the Belo Mansion in downtown Dallas.

An Historic Catering
Venue In Downtown Dallas

An elegant, beautifully restored mansion from the late 19th century. A sun-dappled atrium connecting this historic building to an intimate junior ballroom with a private, hedge screened patio.

  • An art-filled walkway through a sleek, modern foyer fronted by a grand, circular drive entrance
  • An exquisite, contemporary ballroom divisible by four surrounded by floor- to-ceiling windows

A generously proportioned terrace overlooking the heart of the Dallas Arts District
On-site parking, four star service, and sumptuous, restaurant quality catering
These unique qualities can be found in only one special place:
The Belo Mansion & Pavilion.

Their PR Consultant and field research people were poring over the latest trends, predictions and focus group studies and staking out the technology’s positions on the productivity issues of the day.

“Why did New Jersey get all the toxic waste dumps and California get all the high-tech companies?” the man asked with a broad smile on his face.

All efforts at diplomacy had ended. His audience had fallen deathly silent; a sea of stone faces stared back at him. He looked around the crowded room, as if stunned. There was confusion. “No problem: we can work it out!”

“We must ask ourselves these questions, my friends, because the public is asking the same questions from us.They’re questioning us, they are pointing their fingers at us, they are blaming us. Well’ I’ve asked myself these questions, and I have answers, for myself, for you, and for the public: Yes, we’re doing good! Yes, we’re fighting for a sustainable environment. Yes, we’re making the world a better place with the help of modern measurement and control technology.”

Their argumentation and presentations had been carefully crafted to appease every identifiable decision making segments in the area, whether based on industry, application, economic benefits, geography, socioeconomic standing or technical orientation.

He adjusted the microphone so his deep sigh was audible, but he also maintained a steady eye contact with the audience. First month on the job and the man was already browsing the prospects like an experienced associate. Could he possibly be sincere?

We’ll learn more about this in the upcoming postings ;)

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