Forty Years Ago

Edition: March 2003 - Vol 11 Number 03
Article#: 1486
Author: Repertoire

ASTA to Drop Sales-Service Clinics at Convention

Meeting at the Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C., the American Surgical Trade Association’s board of directors and district chairmen elected to drop the sales-service clinics, which had been a part of past ASTA meetings, in order to provide maximum exhibit hours for manufacturers and dealers.



Thornton Is ‘Master Salesman’

Fred Thornton, veteran salesman for Cleveland-based Schuemann-Jones Co., received a “Master Salesman” award for 1960 at the company’s February sales meeting.



Silver Dollars Rain Down

Lloyd McGhee, sales rep for Cary-Taylor Corp., Fort Worth, Texas, received 200 silver dollars and a letter of congratulations for the outstanding job he did in 1960, exceeding his sales quota. It was the third year that McGhee received this honor.



Pfeifer is Salesman of Year

Virgil Pfeifer was named “P & H Salesman of the Year” at an awards banquet held for Physicians and Hospital Supply Co. employees at the Park Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore. Pfeifer received a check for $1,000, representing an expense-paid trip for two to Hawaii. P & H serves Oregon, Northern California and most of Washington.



Brunswick Corp. acquires Massey Surgical Supply

Massey Surgical Supply, Nashville, Tenn., and its two branches in Knoxville and Kingsport, merged with the Brunswick Corp. It will become part of Brunswick’s Aloe Physicians, Hospital and Scientific Division. Ray Goff will continue as president of the combined Massey operation and Herb Goff will continue as vice president in charge of sales for all three locations.



Bowling Alley Blast Damages Bischoff’s

An explosion at a bowling alley across a parking lot from Bischoff’s Surgical House, San Jose, Calif., damaged the roof, electrical fixtures and windows of the distributor’s building, which had just opened several weeks earlier. The bowling alley was completely demolished.



Hot New Products

· Sterile, disposable surgical scalpels (Sterilon Corp., Buffalo, N.Y).

· Localized hypothermia unit to rapidly cool certain parts of the body, such as the stomach or esophagus, to control bleeding from ulcers or varices (O.E.M. Corp., division of Shampaine Industries, St. Louis, Mo.).

· Spinal fusion plates, long enough to extend over five vertebrae, making it possible to introduce all the fixation bolts through bone (Orthopedic Equipment Co., Bourbon, Ind.).

· Emergency cardiac instrument, weighing only 16 pounds, which acts as a portable, automatic alternating tourniquet to inhibit venous return (Electro-Medical Engineering Co., Burbank, Calif.).



Source: March 1961 ASTA Journal. ASTA was the American Surgical Trade Association. Its name was later changed to HIDA.