Un-Trivial Pursuits (What’s Been Happening During ALAN’s Partners Calls)


I am firmly a Gen-Xer – and I have photos of my hairspray-fueled high school hairstyle to prove it.

So when my husband and I recently joined some friends for Trivia Night at a local pub and I learned that one of the categories was “The 1980s” I thought we had the competition in the bag. After all, I know how to tight-roll my jeans with the best of them!

Boy was I wrong. Turns out that the things that *I* thought were important about the 1980s (The Breakfast Club, Prince, and Pac Man) were definitely not the things that the trivia announcer thought were important (ET, The Bangles, and Super Mario Brothers).

ALAN’s latest bi-weekly partners’ calls have felt kind of the same, because they’ve addressed several supply chain topics that weren’t previously top-of-mind for most of us.

For example, I usually don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how banking or invasive pests affect our nation’s supply chains. But many people like our calls’ recent guest speakers do – and thankfully so, because those topics are every bit as significant as the things that usually occupy my mind and workdays.

Being reminded that there are many different things that we each (justifiably) hold important is a big part of what helps make us resilient. It’s also what makes our Wednesday group pretty special. As we share our diverse interests and concerns, we’re broadening our perspectives, improving our ability to prepare and forging stronger bonds that will serve us well each time another disaster hits.

I’m so thankful to be part of such a multi-faceted and broad-minded group. And as for my dismal finish in pub trivia, thankfully there’s always next month!


Kathy Fulton

Executive Director

American Logistics Aid Network

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