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richnass
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Re: The engineer as star
richnass   11/15/2013 3:14:02 PM
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wbswenberg: that's a great story. Thanks for sharing.

GTOlover: that's my favorite show, and Wolowitz gets no respect. As a fellow engineer, that kills me. Sidenote: I got to meet Mayim Bialik (aka Amy Farrah Fowler) earlier this year. It was a real treat.

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BrainiacV   11/15/2013 12:54:23 PM
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I think I was the only one in the theater who understood what was happening in the almost meltdown scene.

I thought Jack Lemmon deserved an Academy Award for his performance during that scene.

He managed to convey exactly the emotions I would have been feeling in that situation.

The rest of the audience was just confused as to what was happening.

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wbswenberg   11/15/2013 12:23:27 PM
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Charles I wish you would have included the real person's photo.  Thanks for giving me two movies to watch.  I wish more movies to be like "October Sky"  Speaking of Oct "Red October" is another favorite.  This reminds me of my friend and past co-worker Kim.  He was into radio controlled model planes.  He said one of his models cost more than his car — $15K.  He built a square tunnel A/P and put in a piston powered fan.  There is a real A/P that is similar.  He lamented that it barely flew.  I'm an EE and don't know much about aerodynamics, even with 20 yrs. in aerospace, but I noticed there was no intake constriction nor nozzle.  We talked about an internal profile to speed up the flow.  He went to the NASA site and applied scaling factors to determine an internal profile he could do in 2D.  I believe he only did the sides and not the top or bottom.  He reported the A/P flew much better.  

So speed ahead ten years through 3 years out of work and I'm in B Flight Test and talking about turbofans.  Some have a solid axle — shaft that the fan, compressor and burner blades are attached too.  Please forgive me I'm sure I'm not using the correct terminology. One manufacture uses 3 separate coaxial shafts: one for the fan, one for the compressor, one for the burner.  How does that work?  Air as a working fluid.  The same way the A/P flies.  I had an epiphany. Note you can see the fan blades are serpentine for the different air flows.

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Real engineer in Hollywood
jcsretired   11/15/2013 12:12:53 PM

Would Fred McMurray's invention of Flubber count as chemical engineering?

Seriously, I'm sure there were dozens or hundreds of engineers working behind the silver screen to develop film, cameras, lighting and sound equipment, editing equipment, and so on.


And let us not forget Hedy Lamarr, a silver screen actress who also in real life co-invented spread spectrum communication!

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Charles Murray   11/15/2013 10:00:12 AM
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I felt the same way about The Aviator, notarboca. I was surprised that they focused so much on his efforts in aircraft engineering. I had assumed Hollywood would gloss over that aspect of his life, but they didn't.

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GTOlover   11/15/2013 9:34:46 AM
As long as we are listing missing engineers, what about Howard Wolowitz? The aerospace engineer who would ruin a mars rover just to impress a girl! Although, that is not silver screen but television.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   11/14/2013 9:36:03 PM
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How could I forget Major Healy? Didn't the same actor also play a flight engineer on The Bob Newhart Show?

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Rob Spiegel   11/14/2013 6:52:37 PM
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That had to be one of your great meets, Rich. I take it you asked him whether he got the measles. Do you remember what else you asked him?

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notarboca   11/14/2013 6:39:05 PM
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I thought The Aviator was a well done movie.

richnass
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richnass   11/14/2013 3:28:03 PM
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This is a great topic. We could talk about it forever. I believe Major Healy (surely you're familiar with I Dream of Jeannie) was an engineer.

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