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General Membership Meeting  

Positano Ristorante Italiano
4948-4940 Fairmont Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland  20814

Aug 17, 2016    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

ASQ 509 General Membership Meeting  

August 17, 2016    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm (GMT -5:00) EDT

ASQ Section 509
Washington, DC and Maryland Metro

"Movie Night: If Japan Can, Why Can’t We?
Introducing Deming to America
Film provided by

The W. Edwards Deming Institute®

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


Positano Ristorante Italiano

4948-4940 Fairmont Ave.

Bethesda, MD  20814

Tel. 301-654-1717

Tel. 301-986-0042

Parking: Public parking just across the street and in the public garage and on street parking

Registration& Networking:  6:00 p.m.
ASQ 509 Section Leadership Presentations:  6:30 pm
Dinner and Program: 7:00 p.m.    
Intermission, Networking, General Announcements:  7:45 p.m.
(Introductions and Opportunities to connect if you are looking for a job, have an open position, etc.)
Program Continues: 8:15 pm

Adjourn: 9:15 p.m.

The cost is $30 for members and students or $40 for non-members. Attendance is Free without the meal.

Registration: Please register here  or contact Katie Warlick at Programs@asq509.org).  

Overview: On June 24, 1980, Americans widely viewed a NBC documentary called “If Japan Can… Why Can’t We.” The program, part of NBC’s White Paper series, prominently featured Dr. W. Edwards Deming. Produced by Clare Crawford-Mason and narrated by Lloyd Dobyns, this documentary has been unavailable for public viewing for the past 35 years. 

This compelling documentary, about the ever-increasing industrial competition between the United States and Japan, introduced Dr. Deming to Americans. For the first time, they learned of the then 80-year old American who was widely credited with the Japanese industrial resurgence after WWII.

Viewers were astounded to learn that it was this American, Dr. Deming, who went to Japan in 1950 and began teaching his philosophy to their leadership. They listened and learned as he taught them about quality and productivity. When the program aired, the most coveted industrial award in Japan was The Deming Prize. Named in honor of Dr. Deming, the Deming Prize is still awarded, and highly esteemed, today.

Near the close of the program, Lloyd Dobyns asks Dr. Deming, “Would the same methods work in the United States…?" Deming’s reply was the catalyst for relentless requests for Deming to help American businesses. Soon the icons of American industry, such as Ford, General Motors, Dow Chemical Company, Xerox and Hughes Aircraft were asking for his help.

Now you can view the video that started it all at the ASQ 509 General Membership Meeting this month.

The above is the introduction and description from The W. Edwards Deming Institute® Website.

Discussion and Networking During Intermission: We will view the video starting at 7:00 pm and have a discussion during intermission about half way through the video. There may be more time for discussion after the movie.

Credits: Thank You (from the Deming Institute)

Thank you to NBC Universal for working with us to bring “If Japan Can… Why Can’t We?” back to the public. We also extend our sincere gratitude to Clare-Crawford Mason and Bob Mason for their unwavering support of The Deming Institute’s efforts, and for their contributions to this program and the follow-up Deming Library, which Clare says provides the answer to “If Japan Can… Why Can’t We?”


We look forward to seeing you on our new meeting day, the third Wednesday of the month.

W. Edwards Deming

A mission pursued on two continents

W. Edwards Deming, named an ASQ Honorary member in 1970 for his role as adviser, consultant, author, and teacher to some of the most influential businessmen, corporations, and scientific pioneers of quality control, is the most widely known proponent of statistical quality control. He has been described variously as a national folk hero in Japan, where he was influential in the spectacular rise of Japanese industry after World War II; as a curmudgeon; as the high prophet of quality control; as an imperious old man; and as founder of the third wave of the Industrial Revolution.

 From <http://asq.org/about-asq/who-we-are/bio_deming.html