A little background information. Ted Human married Helen Peabody, Grandma Arla’s sister. He was a Civil Engineer, I believe. He is the uncle who hired both Lad and Dan to work for him and the Inter-America Oil Company in Venezuela, Lad as a mechanic for all their vehicles and Dan to to help survey the route the road would take from Caracas to Maracaibo.
A one act play, entitled:
THE ‘HUMAN’ EQUATION’
Bolivering with the Guions
SCENE – Headquarters of huge American engineering organization in LaPaz, Bolivia.
TIME – Late 1945.
Curtain rises on luxurious offices with Chief Engineer Human seated at his desk, busily engaged in looking over reports. Three doors shown opening out from main office – LEFT, marked “Labor – Richard Guion; CENTER – “Survey and Map Division – Daniel Guion; RIGHT – Correspondence and General Office – David Guion. Overhead is heard the hum of airplane motors, interspersed with sharp, irregular discharge from diesel motors, which suddenly assume an even hum as Chief Operator evidently adjusts them to perfect running condition. Human glances up from papers to push buzzer on his desk. Office boy appears.
Human – “Tell the men I’m ready for their daily reports.”
Boy – “Yes, sir.” (exit) (Enter promptly five men who stand at attention in front of desk.)
Human – “Report!”
Lad – “Pleased to report, sir, all diesel-electric installations in perfect working condition.
Dan – “Maps and profiles for “Central cut job” completed and ready, sir.”
Ced – “Sorry to report, sir, we had a little fire trouble with the Sikorsky 12 seater job this morning but she’s now running O.K. New propellers on the Curtis transport will be completed this noon.
Dick – “Complete new gang hired and ready to start on the trestle job in accordance with your orders, sir.”
Dave – “New report forms you ordered printed yesterday now completed and already in use.
Human – “Good. Dismissed. (Exit men as office boy enters)
Boy – “The President of Bolivar, with a group of high government officials, waiting in the reception room to see you, sir.”
Human – “What’s Bolivar want now?”
Boy: “He says the Bolivan Congress has voted the highest award in the country for your outstanding achievement in roadbuilding and they want to make an official presentation – it’s a solid tin metal.”
Human – “Tell them to wait. I’m busy right now. Will let ’em know when I’m at leisure.”
Boy – (hesitatingly) – “There’s another party just came in – – says his name is Guion. An elderly lady (Aunt Betty) with him is sewing a button on his coat. They have a dog named “Smoky” – – says you hired him to coordinate all business departments and take charge of all paperwork, bookkeeping, payroll, reports, etc.”
Human: “Well, what are you waiting for? Show him in at once so he can get to work.”
Tomorrow, a letter from Marian to Grandpa filled with news from the Lad Guions.