The Fall & Rise of Harley-Davidson

Well the title isn’t completely accurate but if you read this story, you’ll understand.

Once upon a time back in 2001, my company, Rooster AV Services, was providing equipment and technicians for a corporate event at  The Drake Hotel in Chicago.  The gear setup for the meeting consistedDrake Hotel.jpg of a sound system (wireless lav mic and podium mic), large projection screen and a brand new state-of-the-art, hi-res data projector setup for front-screen projection and placed on a cart in the center aisle.  The room was setup in rounds,seating eight people each, with a center aisle and a stage with podium at the room’s front.  Now, if you are at all familiar with the Drake and its grand ballroom, you remember that at that time, the room (and Hotel) were both 4-star, but very old.  The ballroom floor was hardwood with a huge carpet laying over the top, but not attached to the floor….more like a huge rug.  I think that the hotel staff figured the weight of this “rug”, the tables, chairs and attendees would be enough to secure the carpet in place when needed. Continue reading

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