I did not realize that one of the scheduled guests passed away before the show last year. Do you mind saying who that was? If not, no worries. Thanks again!
I'm ashamed to say, I don't recall. The veterans are not my department, and I was fully engaged in the debut performance of our new layout and set-up procedures.. following that, for the rest of the show I was so ill I could barely remain vertical (which is why I declined to shake hands last year.)
Larry Eads handles the veteran guests, and does a super job with it. He travels around to various functions throughout the year recruiting, but more often than not his problem is that there are more veterans who want to attend than we have room (or $$) for. Fortunately, a few of the vendors have been picking up the tab for some of the veterans as individual sponsors, which is tremendously appreciated. I believe Bill Shea has already committed to be a sponsor this year.
I will be glad to ask Larry for you.
We also have some nice veteran interviews up on the sosovms.com website, and will be posting more shortly.