Final Take

50 years unleashed
Bobcat owners who write an essay about their experiences with the company’s equipment are eligible to win gift certificates for products or attachments.

Bobcat launches essay contest
Bobcat owners are sharpening their writing skills for a chance to bring home some serious prizes in the “How Bobcat Unleashed Me” contest, an essay competition commemorating the company’s 50th anniversary. Contest entrants will write a short essay describing how Bobcat equipment has helped them work better, smarter and faster.

The grand prize winner receives a $75,000 gift certificate for the Bobcat products of their choice, redeemable at designated Bobcat dealerships throughout North America. Five second prizes winners will receive $1,000 Bobcat certificates and 10 third prize winners receive a Bobcat jacket. Fifty monthly winners will receive a copy of the Limited Tailgate Edition book Bobcat: 50 Years of Opportunity, 1958 – 2008. Weekly winners will receive a Bobcat 50th Anniversary hat. The grand prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners based on creativity, quality, completeness and originality of answers, as well as any supporting documents.

The “How Bobcat Unleashed Me” contest concludes on May 30, 2008. To enter, visit

Designer fabricates bucket mailbox
John Bohata of Custom Designs by AJ, a design and fabricating shop on Long Island, New York, designed and built “The Digger” mailbox for a client who owns a construction company. Bohata used a plasma cutting machine to make the powder-coated steel mailbox in about three weeks.

Word for Word
“The nets clearly made a contribution at the Trump site by saving a life. The question on a lot of people’s minds is why it didn’t stop the fellow who died. It’s perplexing.”
– Louis J. Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers Association, to the New York Times about the effect of safety nets on two falls at the Trump SoHo, where a construction worker died after a fall from the 42nd floor.

“The good news is that the national economy is seeing a downturn, so I’m anticipating that we should be able to attract some contractors to come to this market to supplement and handle the overflow that our locals cannot handle.”
– New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to the Associated Press.

“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”
– Mark Twain.