“Given that Dad (George) started as a G.E. Quality Engineer, he strove for not only quality, but pride in one's work. One weekend as a USC senior, I begrudgingly helped Dad lay some railroad timber-ties. I ended up receiving a very important life lesson. After setting a stubborn and heavy railroad-tie into the side of a terrace, Dad asked me if I would sign my name to that railroad-tie. In my most incredulous voice and attitude I asked him,
'Why would I want to sign my name to that timber-tie?'
Yes, it was not perfectly straight, the day had been long, it was hot, I wanted to do other “collegiate activities” and furthermore I didn’t really care because it was a blasted railroad-tie! Why would I want to sign my name to that board?
With a fairly poised stance, Dad retorted,
'You should always be ready to sign your name to any labor you perform. Whatever work you do is a signature of the quality of your work and your work pride. Be proud to sign your work.'
It was just a day to put in timber-ties. But it was the setting for me to learn how Dad wished his sons and himself would approach doing the best that we could in our work. Dad believed in high work quality from himself and the company he started.”
featured in Feb 1998's issue of Columbia Business Monthly
An Anecdote from his son, Michael Younginer