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jcsretired
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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!

Charles Murray
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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?

notarboca
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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.

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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.

richnass
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richnass   11/14/2013 3:26:53 PM
Chuck, you got the wrong guy from Apollo 13. The real hero was TK Mattingly, who devised the scheme to get the astronauts back to earth. I had the honor of meeting him a few years back (and no, he never did get the measles).

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Jennifer Campbell   11/14/2013 9:55:51 AM
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Many great movies here. My favorite in the bunch was "Flash of Genius." The story really pulled me in, especially as Greg Kinnear's character slowly had a mental breakdown during his fight with Detroit automakers.

GTOlover
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GTOlover   11/14/2013 9:31:44 AM
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Elvis could not act, he just sang all his lines and the ladies swooned!

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