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Old May 5, 2021, 01:27 PM
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Default Thanks Dien, very interesting.

Challenger happened on my birthday, etched in my mind.

I actually know a few one customer guys. One makes custom jars, colored brown I think, and sells to only one customer, who orders thousands a year.

A plastics extrusion company only sells to one wholesaler, some sort of a game board, like you see in basketball and football games, dry erase markers used...has 4 employees and a 20 year in business record.

My uncle, the dumb old dirt farmer, wholesaled his plant patents to one guy, for 30k x5 number of licenses and the wholesaler doubled that. This time of the year, millions are spent on hanging plants etc.

My ex girlfriend, only had one customer, ME, but she priced me out of the game...HA! Found much cheaper ******* with a lot less hassle.

Thanks for sharing that story, you come from some smart folks, glad to have hitched my wagon.

Gordon
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Hi Gordon,

I had a late uncle who was also a physicist (who lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan)...

He started a business with a partner, with just one customer too...

They built and were the experts on a very sensitive accelerometer (a device which measures acceleration with extreme accuracy). They only built two of these devices, which were on two of the space shuttles.

I think one of their accelerometers was destroyed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. I think the other one flew on Space Shuttle Columbia...

Their devices were part of the Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment (OARE)... You can Google it...

Their one customer was NASA...

So - you're right, it does exist! But... I think it's relatively rare, and especially rare outside of government and military contractors...

Best wishes,

Dien

P.S. Here's a report which was written by my uncle...

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/citations/19970009948
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