The Official Newsletter of A.E.F. Sales Engineering Company


Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Mark Twain


If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein


Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.

Marilyn Monroe


Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. 

Arthur Schopenhauer


Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

A.A. Milne

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

George Carlin


I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.

Kurt Vonnegut


    Many of our readers have noticed that the world seems to be getting more and more peculiar. They’re right.

    Our story begins in October 2009 in San Francisco, when Dr. Daniel Gluesenkamp, the Director of Habitat Protection for something called the Audobon Canyon Ranch, noticed a particular bush in an area being cleared for a highway improvement project. At first glance he thought it might be a Franciscan manzanita.





     This particular manzanita goes for less than twenty bucks in San Francisco nurseries and is apparently pretty popular in gardens in the area.  But the beauty Dr. G noticed in the median strip of the highway was deemed to be the last of its kind ‘in the wild’.

    To give the plant legal protection, three organizations -- the Wild Equity Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the California Native Plant Society -- filed an emergency petition for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

    A biologist from the Presidio Trust and an ecologist from the National Park Service confirmed that Dr. G’s discovery was indeed a ‘wild’ Arctostaphylos franciscana.



    All the agencies apparently did their part, because the Interior Department was able to report that ‘the translocation of the Arctostaphylos franciscana to an active native plant management are of the Presidio was accomplished, apparently successfully and according to plan on January 23, 2010’.  Who says the government can’t get anything done?

    The whole translocation only cost $205,075.

    A final report from the Interior Department in September 2011 wrapped things up.  ‘A single trampling event could result in the damage or death of the wild plant’ so ‘the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust have made continuous efforts not to reveal the location of the  Arctostaphylos franciscana.  They are concerned that public knowledge of the A. Fransicana location would attract large numbers of plant enthusiasts who may damage A. Fransicana and compact the soil’.  Yup, the little rascal is now safe behind a fence in a secret location.

    Gives you a nice warm feeling, don’t it?

Once Upon a Time in America - or When Did We Lose Our Minds?

   With admirable cooperation, the Presidio Trust, the California Department of Transportation, the National Park Service, and the California Department of Fish and Game developed a ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ (MOA) to save the bush.  The MOA, titled ‘Memorandum of Agreement Regarding Planning, Development, and Implementation Plan for Franciscan Manzanita’ was signed on December 1.

    The plan spelled out what was to be done, when, and by what agency. Included were plans for removing and transporting the bush, and for ‘nurturing and monitoring the Mother Plant in its new location for a period not to exceed ten (10) years’.