* trial by fire

SAE Goes on With the Show "You could see the flames for miles," says Gretchen Stokes, division manager, SAE Expositions, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, Penn. It was after midnight when Stokes got the call: Cobo Conference & Exhibition Center, site of the SAE show in March, was on fire. It was the night before the final day of the show--a convention that attracts 46,000 people. Arriving on the scene, she determined that her goal was to open the next day, business as usual.

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