ISA Expo 2004: CE ‘hoops’ it up at 50th birthday party

Houston, TX—Control Engineering held a 1950s-style party to celebrate its 50th year of publication at the end of ISA Expo 2004’s second day at the Reliant Center.


Houston, TX— Control Engineering held a 1950s-style party to celebrate its 50th year of publication at the end of ISA Expo 2004 ’s second day at the Reliant Center.

The event was attended by 135 guests from 44 companies, who dined on "era-appropriate comfort food," such as crust-less peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, stuffed celery, and hotdogs and hamburgers.

The guests, including dozens of ISA Expo’s exhibitors and visitors, also participated in a hula-hoop contest. Winners were chosen by audience acclaim.

Tina Miteko, GarrettCom’s marketing programs manager, won first place. Liz Petranella, of the HART Communication Foundation, took second place.

Here are some photos from the event, including on-site hula hoop action.

After a long day on the show floor at ISA Expo 2004, some of the 135 guests from 44 companies gather on the mezzanine level at Houston’s Reliant Center for Control Engineering’s 50th birthday bash.

Lynne Froehlich and Mike Aldridge (l. to r., seated), of the Profibus Trade Organization (PTO), chat with Bob Settle, of DVT Sensors, and Tim Donaldson, of Iconics, (l. to r., standing) during the party.

Control Engineering’s executive editor, Frank Bartos (center) confers with George Thomas and Joe Stasiek, both of Contemporary Controls, (seated, l. to r.) at the early evening event.

Tina Miteko, of GarrettCom, (r., foreground) shows the moves that won her first place in the hula hoop contest, while Liz Petranella, of the HART Communication Foundation, (l., background) demonstrates the neck-level abilities that earned her second place in the contest.

Bill Boldt (left) and Todd Dobberstein (right), both of National Instruments, work on their hula hoop skills following the contest.


Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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