I headed from Oregon to Southern California with another gearhead friend to look for used machine tools. It was the early 1980's and no trip like this was complete without visiting Mr. Iskenderian and his enormous stash of pre-owned machinery. Ed was extremely generous with his time, giving us a wonderful tour of his machine tool paradise. At one point, we passed through a door which led onto a low loft overlooking a row of cam grinders and their attending operators. As we stood there, an old dog wandered in through an open roll up door to our left and up to first operator he came to, dropping what appeared to be a light plane tail wheel tire at his feet. The machinist shut down his machine and proceeded to roll the tire for dog, over and over. After a few minutes of this, I turned to Mr. Iskenderian and said "I guess your employee is going to be in trouble after he realizes your watching him screw off". Ed laughed and responded "He's one of my best workers and the only way he would be in trouble is if he didn't roll the tire for Brodie. My workers know that one of my golden rules is that when old Brodie brings you the tire, you shut down your machine and roll it for him as long as he wants to play". This was the moment that I realized that Ed Iskenderian had his priorities totally straight.
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