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It's Show Season

  • A big LASN "Hello" to all the attendees at the NRPA Show in Reno, Nevada. LASN has been exhibiting at the show for more than a decade and it is always great to see new faces and greet so many familiar faces . . . Over the years I've seen more and more RLAs attending (and exhibiting) at the show and look forward to seeing even more this year in the biggest little city in America . . .
  • Of course, after the NRPA Show comes the ASLA Expo in Salt Lake City. If we don't see you in the Sierras, perhaps we'll be seeing you in the Rockies . . .
  • And speaking of the ASLA . . . Congratulations to the 32 new ASLA Fellows who will be inducted during the ASLA Expo. LASN is currently putting together their profiles for next month's show issue. We all owe a measure of gratitude for the work and influence of the Fellows . . . If you want to add comments to the profiles or to send a public message of appreciation, log on to LandscapeOnline.com and follow the 2004 Fellows links . . .
  • LASN is also trying to complete the profiles on every Fellow from day one. If you know some history about any of the Fellows dating back to the first class, you can attach a message to his or her profile at LandscapeOnline.com. Just type the name in the search engine or click on the "Profiles" link and add a comment . . .
  • While the Fellows are truly to be thanked for their past contributions to the society and the profession, I would still like to see them more active as a group . . . I know I'll probably catch some flack for this, but it seems that the College of Fellows is more of a retirement group than a group that continues to look to the future. It would be nice to see a couple of annual or ongoing projects undertaken by this group. The combined impact on the profession of these individual leaders could be tremendous . . .
  • Not sure if you noticed, but a bill in California was recently abandoned that would have required a second water meter on any project of more than an acre. The water meter would be used to measure and regulate landscape irrigation. While the California Landscape Contractors Association was in favor of the bill as a pre-emptive measure to ward off future water use attacks, state legislators and the building industry put the brakes to the idea. Log on to LandscapeOnline.com for the complete article and watch future issues of LASN for more on this . . .
  • A big LASN "Way to Go" to Grubble Products (see page 85), which has won a grant and is currently marketing a great, SOFT playground containment system. I always cringe when I see a playground bordered in concrete or some kind of stone surfacing. Having three kids who usually think play before safety, I can think of nothing better to border a playground than a nice, soft, resilient rubber edge . .
  • And while we're on the subject of playgrounds . . . Check out the article on Isamu Noguchi on page 48. Many of you can relate to designing a project or two and not having them built, but this visionary spent his life designing playgrounds that are mimicked throughout the world but were not appreciated until the latter stages of his life . . . If only skate parks were as big then as they are now, his designs (not meant for or related to the skating industry) would be built faster than he could have designed them . . .
  • Anyways, keep your eyes out for LASN at the upcoming shows and be sure to stop by and say "Hey" . . .

- God Bless


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