The Ideal Quality Control Inspector

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The Ideal Quality Control Inspector

Many years ago I had the privilege of knowing Hector Romulus Demmel, a French Canadian backwoods guide who could do just about everything. He was an extraordinary fisherman, even though he didn’t like ...

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The Ideal Quality Control Inspector

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February 26, 2016

Many years ago I had the privilege of knowing Hector Romulus Demmel, a French Canadian backwoods guide who could do just about everything. He was an extraordinary fisherman, even though he didn’t like ... [continue reading]

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