Re: Delivery and Arrival of Proposals William Campbell 15 Nov 2002 16:54 EST
I guess I've been in this business a long time. I remember those days when proposal writers would fly to DC on deadline day, proposals in hand--and usually red-eyed and groggy from staying up nights to finish the damn thing.
Someone told me a story from those days, late 70's probably. He was hand delivering a proposal to Dept of Education. Plane was late, frantic cab ride to ED on L'Enfant Plaza, found the room it was supposed to be delivered to 5 minutes before the deadline--and the office was closed. He swore, kicked the door a couple times, then noticed a hole someone had punched through the drywall next to the door. He peeked in, saw a pile of proposals on the floor beneath the hole, added his to the pile, and headed home. Proposal was funded, too.
An apocryphal tale, no doubt, though entertaining. But I don't miss those days at all. We're better off with FedEx/Express Mail, and especially for electronic delivery.
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University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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