Editorials Bittersweet Encounter April 01, 1998 Share 1 -- We are not sure what this means, but... Dick Knodt, ASTA's executive vice president and chief operating officer, said he was walking along a street in Alexandria, Va. -- site of ASTA's Washington headquarters -- when he encountered local agent Cal Simmons. Actually, Simmons, who operates Cal Simmons Travel, was across the street at the time. But he shouted over to Knodt something like "Hey, Dick, thanks for the check," referring to the payout from the commission caps litigation. That turned out to be the pleasant part. Knodt said he realized then that Simmons had just become the first person to express any gratitude to him regarding ASTA's efforts to recover funds for members through litigation. Plenty of other agents have complained that the Society did not do enough or that it sold out, etc. Simmons, Knodt said, remains the only person from whom he has heard the words "Thank you."