The Hugh Rushing explanation:
We didn’t start off on a very good foot, Hugh and I. Back in the early 90s I contacted Hugh because I had heard he was beginning a class to teach some of his new employees irrigation design. I had just recently found out you even had to have a license, so I asked if I could join the classes. “You young guys are all alike!” he said. [I was 40 something back then] “All you want to do is pass that test. You don’t care anything about doing it right!”
I explained that I wanted to learn excellent irrigation design AND pass the test. I was willing to drive the 3 hours from Brownwood and pay him if he would teach me. “Ah, come on in. You don’t have to pay me anything–but be ready to work.”
When I do a design I often think of Hugh and his passion for our business. He’s never worked for me and I am flattering myself to think of him as part of our team. Hugh has passed on, but I often feel as though he’s looking over my shoulder … and I’m thankful for that.