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11/14/2013

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Jack Lemmon was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of nuclear engineer Jack Godell in the 1979 movie, The China Syndrome. The film was met with backlash from the nuclear power industry, but Lemmon's attempt to distill a technical problem into a brief soundbite near the end of the movie is unforgettable.   (Source: movieactors.com)
Jack Lemmon was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of nuclear engineer Jack Godell in the 1979 movie, The China Syndrome. The film was met with backlash from the nuclear power industry, but Lemmon’s attempt to distill a technical problem into a brief soundbite near the end of the movie is unforgettable.
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Charles Murray
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Re: Rumor
Charles Murray   9/23/2014 7:05:53 PM
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At least we know that Goofy fits the social stereotype, Warren.

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Rumor
warren@fourward.com   8/19/2014 8:56:38 AM
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Rumor is that Goofy is an engineer. He has mastered our demeanor...

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sfev1   7/16/2014 4:16:00 PM
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okay, two movies that "scarred me" and motivated me to be the aviation engineer I am. 

 

"Fate is the Hunter" and "Flight of the Phoenix", plus the whole Apollo Program.

 

I was so impressed, two degree's and 30 years still at it.

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A twofer.
kwcclark   6/23/2014 4:24:39 PM
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Here's a twofer for you.

Nevil Shute, author of No Highway in the Sky was also an Aeronautical Engineer.

 

 

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Re: Testing is only interesting to engineers.
a.saji   2/28/2014 2:44:37 AM
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@Charles: I think it’s a risk since then you will not figure out the mistakes. When you get the feeling that everything works perfectly at the very 1st sitting then the risk is really high 

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Re: Testing is only interesting to engineers.
William K.   2/27/2014 8:58:38 PM
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Charles, that things work right the first time were not the bosses goals, they were his demands. It was really flattering to find that they believed that it could happen, and the good news is that we usually did get things right the first time. But on occasions it was only right the first time the boss saw it. 

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William K.   2/27/2014 8:52:08 PM
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Charles, we did have an excellent track record of our machines being just what the customer needed, so  you could be very at ease purchasing one of our test systems. Of course, when you sell equipment to the auto companies and the army they do come to the progress meetings and they do help to avoid errors in the specification. One big portion of getting it right was always the sales letter, which mine always described exactly what the equipment would do for the customer. The big advantage of designing custom equipment is having somebody tell you just exactly what it is that they need to achieve, and how fast and accurate the machine needs to be. So having clearly defined performance targets makes designing a system much simpler. NOT EASIER, but simpler. And on occasions I would have to tell them that what they asked for would not work, and then suggest an alternative that we could certify would deliver what they needed. I did make us a few friends that way, since it saved them from wasting both money and time. When you can make your customers engineers look good to their bosses you have made a friend indeed. A great way to get more business.

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Charles Murray   2/27/2014 8:03:43 PM
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Your former boss's goal of having everything work right the first time is a worthy idea, William_K. That said, I'd be skeptical about buying any products from him.

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Charles Murray   2/27/2014 8:02:05 PM
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Believe it or not, many movie scripts are available online, William K. In my limited experience in looking at them, I've been surprised how little detail is actually called out in the initial script.

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Testing is only interesting to engineers.
William K.   2/22/2014 4:20:07 PM
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The movies seldom show engineers doing tsting because the assumption is that everything works the first time. That is probably why a lot of people think that engineering is not such a big deal. And of course one does get "a bit spoiled" when things do work right the first time. But I did have a boss who explained to me that it was expected that every design would work right the first time, that was why I was there. It was certainly flattering but also it did add to the pressure quite a bit, knowing what the expectations were.

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