~~~ B'day Greetings Wes ~~~

Wes Bucey

Prophet of Profit

I'm working on my eight decade. Sad to say, there are probably fewer ahead of me than behind me. I'm still reeling from the death of my good friend Akio Miura, an ASQ friendship dating back to 1990. I was looking forward to our "sharing" of birth dates again this year.

I am, however, in relatively good health for ANY age - thanks to Medicare and the superior health system in the area where I live. I still love giving platform presentations and seminars. For fun, I guide a storytelling guild that meets every month and whose members have performed throughout North America.

Akio was a lovable curmudgeon to the end. I, on the other hand, have mellowed some in my later years. In the 90s and early 2000s, Akio and I were those who went against St. Paul's dictum - We did NOT suffer fools gladly. We often ridiculed the Kwality Kops and mission creepers who pontificated from ignorance in the pages of Quality Progress or in the ASQ discussion forums.

I was sorry I could never convince Akio to join the Cove to contribute some of his vast knowledge on all things to do with quality. Most especially, I wished for his first hand debunking of the myth of Japanese superiority in quality as he signaled failures often quashed from public view by the complicity of Japanese media with the powerhouse industrial corporations.

St. Paul wrote:
2 Corinthians 11:19 (KJV), reads "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise."


Happy Birthday Wes. I have read the cove for the last couple years and you have always been a Font of Wisdom. Keep it up for the next 30 years or so.
I realize now as I START to age :rolleyes: that maybe all the hard won knowledge should be paid back by sharing.


Happy Birthday, my fellow Illinoisan (even if you are at the scary end of the state). Hoping you enjoy many more.


:hbday:Happy Birthday, Wes!!:hbday:

I too, have benefited by your wisdom and wit. Even though you are a "few" years older than I, I'm pleased that you take the time to write on the Cove.

Again, Thank you and Happy Birthday.


Happy Birthday!!! From a newby who reads your words of wisdom posts thoroughly. I have learned greatly from you.

Thank you and have a great special day...Just north of you..:applause:

Wes Bucey

Prophet of Profit
Thank you all for the birthday greetings. I had a great day! My wife gifted me with chocolate covered cherries and Baileys Chocolate Cherry Irish Cream (awesome over ice cream!) Early in the evening, my wife took me out to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, then we went our separate ways for a while - she to a special board meeting of a group where she is a committee chair, I to a meeting of a neighboring Masonic Lodge for an evening of fellowship. One Brother gifted me with a 12-year-old bottle of Scotch. My wife and I capped the evening with a snifter of the Scotch and watching a recording of one of our favorite TV shows.
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