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    Revved Up

    A friend in college once said: “NASCAR shouldn’t be considered a sport unless the drivers have to run to their cars

  • May 13, 2011 Cover


    A period of enormous growth and self-definition for the industry.

  • Erika Taylor

    50 Years Young

    Welcome to the 50th Anniversary Issue of Pool & Spa News! I’m writing this at night, lying on my couch, physically and mentally exhausted from the sheer volume of work that went into producing this edition.

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    Field Notes

    The 50th Anniversary Issue wouldn’t be complete without insights from the magazine’s former president, Nancy Field.

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    Builder Pleads Guilty in Entrapment Death

    In a history-making case, a Connecticut pool builder has pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide for an entrapment death that occurred in a pool constructed by his company.

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    Drowning-Prevention Group Taps New Leader

    Less than a month after losing its executive director, a leading water safety organization has named a replacement.

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    More Service Companies Switch to Flat Rates

    A growing number of pool service companies are switching to all-inclusive flat fees for service calls.

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    Service Managers Return to Routes

    To cope with the current economy, service executives across the nation are coming out from behind their desks and returning to routes.

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    Acquisition Enhances Distributor’s Catalog

    Spa Parts Plus commemorated its silver anniversary with a new addition from the Golden State.

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    SPEC Increases Outreach, Updates Website

    California industry lobbying group SPEC has implemented several new initiatives.

  • The '90s

    The ’00s

    The decade started out quietly enough. After all, Jan. 1, 2000, wasn’t perceptibly different than Dec. 31, 1999.

  • The '80s

    The ’80s

    The 1980s was a time of self-discovery for pool and spa professionals, as the freewheeling ’70s gave way to a more responsible industry.

  • The '90s

    The ’90s

    The 1990s were a decade of transition — not just for the pool and spa industry, but for the rest of the world, as well.

  • The '70s

    The ’70s

    If the 1960s were the pool industry’s early years, the 1970s were its adolescence — a time of shifting extremes, and strange new challenges.

  • The '60s

    The ’60s

    The pool industry in the 1960s was like a toddler first learning about the world. It lurched forward on unsteady legs, grasping at everything in its path with a wild rush of energy and enthusiasm.

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    Manufacturer Timeline

    Daniel Speck founded Speck Pumps in Nurnberg, Germany.