Any small part in something big certainly qualifies.
Boyo Jim was recently recognized for his now famous work, but I’ll let him write that account.
The closest I’ve ever come to that sort of recognition was a project I helped with when I was in college. I worked at the Byrd Polar Research center for a couple years, and was the lackey that stapled together dozens of “blue ice” packets that kept ice core samples cold on their way back to the US from Mt. Kilamanjaro. This expedition was made slightly famous in the movie “An Inconvenient Truth”, and had just about every scientist in the field of Paleo-climatology in the world interested in it. I helped requisition the gear for numerous of similar expeditions, but i was more of a secretary than anything else.
I also made a suggestion in a National live conference call once, after a catastrophic hurricane in Florida. They were discussing what to do about getting temperature-sensitive medication to the people affected by the storm (I think it was Hugo). They suggested that people just buy the meds at a pharmacy and just apply for reimbursement. I spoke up (and almost peed myself in doing so) and noted that such meds could often run into the thousands of dollars for even just a short term supply, and that many people who’s homes had just been obliterated might not be able to front that kind of cash.
The head pharmacist agreed, and a plan was implemented to keep people from having to seek reimbursement. It was a national video conference call, that they held a few times a month. I was picked almost at random to be the “customer service representative” that attended that particular meeting. The storm had happened the previous day.
There’s nothing quite like having the remotely operated video camera focus in on you. Especially when you’re interjecting into a damage-control conversation of a $30 billion dollar/year prescription benefit management company right after a natural disaster. I was shaking like a leaf. The main guy at our site (who had to have been clearing a mil/year with options) was five feet away from me, and every single important person in the entire company was in on the call. I’m surprised I didn’t have an aneurysm.
I’m sure we have people that have been/are on Capitol Hill, advisers of the most elite people there are, and people that have otherwise made waves writ large. If you can talk about it, please do!
This should get really interesting!
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