Cummins Good Guys

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This loose knit organization began sometime in the 1970s with meetings of Cummins distributor personnel at AED shows and other meetings around the U.S. Most, if not all, had worked at the factory in Columbus Indiana early in their carreer.
It became a common practice for the group to play the "numbers game" after dinner to determine who would pay for the meal.
Bill Elder's recollection of how the group started and where the name came from:
"First our early history is or was clouded by cocktails and large expense accounts and a devil-may-care attitude. My best recollection as to start date would be at an AED meeting in Atlanta in the mid 70's. It then progressed from there to setting qualifications for membership. Initially the member had to be ex-factory and work for a distributor. It was also assumed that you had to be in "Industrial Markets"
At another meeting and after a few cocktails some shouted we are the "Good Guys" being of the "Distributor Group" as opposed to a "Factory Type"  
We were not being disrespectful as much as to note our clearer thinking about selling to users or sellers of equipment with Cummins power. We further wanted to  seperate ourselves from the "Automotive guys" who had it made it the shade with 60% plus market share and had all CECO"s top management helping them with the customers.
For those of that period we were still trying to figure out how we missed our marketing target of  "41% share by 1972." We did have one successful market by dominating the motor grader market with highly profitable H-135.
As I now recall after all the giveaways we had enough left to pay the start-up inspection and $35 Distrbutor Sales Bonus.
Now as I look back, we were building the base for what is now a very significant portion of Cummins' current business-gensets-marine-DOEM-mining-oil field-agriculture. You can add to the list of non-automotive businesses that powered Cummins to its current market positions.
Yes we take a lot of credit for the success of Cummins, but for us who we there it was a very steep hill to climb and restore Cummins reputation in a market where we were not welcome.
I'll let the other "Good Guys" add to or correct my memory and thoughts."
The group's Cummins Good Guys name took on a formal significance when Bill Elder supplied the members with tee shirts bearing the Cummins Good Guys name in early 1991.
Among the 1991 members were:
Fred L. Leasure
Dennis M. Taylor
Sam A. Washurn
W. (Bill) J. Maynard 
T. D. Dick
Ken K. Carpenter
W. F. Inman
R. (Dick) T. Plaster
Marty J. Bruckner
Ray L. Jackson
Al H. Friel
M. E. Patterson
C. (Buzz) E. Horton
Chuck H. Puleston
Gene Pope
Over time, membership rules have relaxed, although the informality of the organization has not lapsed. 

Things have changed since the mid-1970s.  Dennis Taylor attended Minexpo 2004 in September.  Below he's standing beside an MTU V20 rated at 3500 HP and beside a 400 ton LIEBHERR rear dump truck.  It's powered by the MTU V20, Detroit Diesel, or Cummins.

Compare the size of the LIEBHERR rear dump to the 100 ton rear dump behind me at the 1990 picture below taken at the Pingshuo coal mine in Antaibao China.  There were 200 of these trucks at the Pingshuo  mine and I thought they were the biggest trucks I'd ever see.

Dennis Taylor supplied this picture of Bill Elder leaning on a Voomer engine at an AMC mining show in the early 1960s.  Jim Studenic, Clarence Miller (General Service Manager Salt Lake Cummins), and Dan Fuller are on booth duty in the picture.  Kelly Johnson who headed up the Voom/Voomer project never was able to make the Voomer live at the target 1,000 HP.    Later, Phil Jones headed up the "K" engine team at R&E resulting in the KTA-38 that successfully provided mining rear dump truck power in the 1,000 HP range.