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Just got back from Inspection World, the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) national convention, in Nashville.

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Steve’s not far from putting the finishing touches on his upcoming History of Home Inspecting.  Somehow, it does not look like the stars are aligned at convention time for it to knock Inside of a Dog (Alexandra Horowitz’s current #1) off the Bestseller List.  Maybe not even The Slight Edge:  Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, Jeff Olson’s #2.   Come to think of it, those would be pretty cool topics for home inspectors too.  Hmmmm.  A class on “The History of Home Inspection” drew maybe 20 people — all senior inspectors even older than Steve — even though it was led by John J. Heyn.  John looked great, was sharp as a tack, and led a delightful session.  By most accounts, John Heyn was the first home inspector (working for a fee).  His first ad ran in The Baltimore Sun newspaper in 1968.  If anybody knows of any ad for a home inspector the same year or earlier, please contact Steve or the PLI office.
John Heyn, often credited with being the first home inspector, gave Steve a copy of his first brochure, from 1968.  The subtitle was “We Inspect Everything.”  The fee — in big red type on the back — “for the Inspection and report” — $35.  You read right.  $35.00.  “It can save you a lifetime of headaches and expenses!”
    John’s report was one page.  He used pay telephone booths to return calls (no cell phones back then). Reports were NCR paper — no email then.  He used printed City Directories to find houses.  You guessed it:  no GPS either.  Look for Part 1 of the History of Home Inspecting in the next issue of the PLI Newsletter.
Stayed at the “aLoft” hotel.  The concept is an affordable alternative for the tech-savvy, design forward crowd, from Starwood (aka “W”), with 60+ hotels in the chain alreadywww.youtube.com/user/AloftThere’s a new Aloft Hotel going up in Louisville now (opening 9/2015 downtown), so it was like a sneak preview.  It just gushes Sleek.  And svelte.  And modern, spare design.  The rooms are large, floors are wood, and cabinets skip money spent on doors and drawers.  Save those trees.  No lighting fixture in the nifty bathroom.  Instead, it’s a fluorescent pretzel.  Kinda cool.  Plugs were everywhere.  But when Steve plugged in his laptop — zap.  Gone for the duration.  (Geek Squad diagnosed a power surge shutdown the computer and resurrected it — back in Louisville.)  Maybe they oughta tweak that “techno savvy” thing a tad.  
Nathan Thornberry passed along a copy of his book, The Hungry Home Inspector.  The “contributing authors” read like a Who’s Who of convention booths.  Carl Fowler, of course, head of 3-D Inspection Reporting Systems; Dan Huber, of ISN; Dan Steward, of Pillar to Post; Paul Zak, from America’s Call Center; Bob Pearon, at Allen Insurance — just for starters.  And, Nick Gromicko, impressario of Inter-NACHI, a “contributing author” has a cover blurb too:  “Any inspector that reads this book and understands it will double their business.  Incredible read!”  Look for our review in the PLI Newsletter.