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post #4 of Old 04-01-2004
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Hey Wooosh,

Dennis, I use ''New Pearson'' to refer to the Cal-Pearson 2nd generation company because the owners'' association uses (or perhaps ''used'', if they''re no longer around) the title New Pearson Yacht Owners Assn. (NPYOA)...or something quite close to that.

Just a hunch, but I suspect if Bill Shaw didn''t work for a large production builder that made a huge number of sailboats over the years - if perhaps the brand cathet'' was more highbrow even if the company was far less successful - then Bill Shaw would be more of a legendary figure than he turns out to be among contemporary sailors. From a NA understudy at S&S he moved from ''in-house designer'' at Pearson, drawing a varied and large stable of designs, to production guru, to eventually principle and Company President...and all the while, still drawing the newer designs. It''s quite an amazing story if fully told, I suspect.

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