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Element 32. Unfair Advantages > Practical Experience—This Deserves the Maximum ...

Practical Experience—This Deserves the Maximum Weight of 3

There are two elements that appear to be slightly wacky and this is one of them (the other one is Pretending Not to Know, Element 40). It is top secret because otherwise your advantage will be compromised by your opponents. However, there is nothing quite like it. I actually lived through the ultimate Unfair Advantage. Ward L. Quaal of the Chicago Tribune (former chairman) stopped by our office in Washington shortly after we had filed the application for our Orion to compete with Intelsat. He introduced himself and explained how proud he and his friend “Dutch” were to see us attempting to tackle a 130-nation international satellite cartel. His only request? Please let him know if there were any problems so that he and his friend could do what they could to help. We later learned the identity of “Dutch” but the people from Intelsat never discovered our secret. In mid September of 1985, a little over two years after we filed the application, the FCC granted us a license that set the stage for us to compete in all respects with the cartel. Thank you, again, Mr. Quaal, and thank you, Mr. President. Note that the advantage can materialize at any time, so be on the prowl.


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