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50 SMT007 MAGAZINE I NOVEMBER 2022 Editor's note: Indium Corporation's Ron Lasky continues this series of columns about fictional character Maggie Benson and her company to demonstrate continuous improvement and edu- cation in SMT assembly. Andy and Sue were going to Mexico in two weeks to audit the factory that Maggie and John were looking to buy. ey had secured their passports and were practicing their Span- ish. ey had agreed to only speak Spanish to each other for the past few weeks. One night before their tr ip, Andy's dad approached him and handed Andy an envelope. "Son, Mom and I haven't really done too much since high school as far as offering to help you pay for college or anything else," he said. "Even without that help, you have accom- plished a great deal and we are proud of you. I mentioned before that your girlfriend is one in An 'Engaging' Conversation a million, so Mom and I want to give you this to help pay for an engagement ring." Andy was a little choked up as he opened the envelope from his father and saw that it con- tained $2,000. Andy's family was not the hug- ging type, but he immediately gave his dad a big bear hug. If an observer were to look closely, they might see tears in each man's eyes. e timing was excellent as Andy planned to "pop the question" to Sue before their trip to Mexico. With the $2,000 he had already saved, he now had $4,000. As Chuck Tower was now like a big brother to him, Andy decided to ask him where he might find a good engagement ring. "You know, Andy, I got Tanya's ring and John got Maggie's ring from Professor Coleman's father-in-law," Chuck said when Andy chatted with him later at work. "He deals in gems and might be able to get a good deal for you." Maggie Benson's Journey by Dr. Ronald C. Lasky, INDIUM CORPORATION

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