I used to look forward to the one-on-one contacts every year because you could identify who was who, what they were looking for, and meeting their family's as well....
People were more personally involved with each other a long with the various manufacturers and/or Dealers. Lateral selling also went on too.
Of course, there was also some of the show directors con-jobs from those who would display at those shows to, (Won't mention what or who!) but these things were (unfortunately) always expected.
Example: Who was selected to speak (at the large gatherings), what displays "won" first, second, and third prizes, and who got the "preferred" booths, etc... What made this part funny and entertaining for "us" was the betting we would do to see who guessed correctly and almost always, we would hit 100%!-lol.
However, in the end, I do miss those days rather than depending on a computer screen and just a "name".
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