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Wouldn't it be great to have him around to lobby for us in Congress?
Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan <scaldwell(--nospam--at)>
To: 'SEAoC Listserv' <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Cc: Structural Group <StructuralGroup(--nospam--at)>
Date: Thursday, January 22, 1998 11:59 AM
Subject: Herb Was Right

>The SEAoC Listserv has hosted numerous threads discussing the
>frustrations of our profession.  Darts have frequently been thrown at
>other engineers, bottom-feeders, architects, contractors, developers,
>manufacturers and materials suppliers, software developers, building
>officials, lawmakers, government officials and agencies, code officials
>and agencies, SEAoC, ASCE, CELSOC, BORPELS, anyone outside of
>California, and the ever-popular "them" and "they".  I have thrown my
>share of darts from time to time.  Recently, however, I came upon the
>following quotation which helps to put structural engineering in a
>proper perspective:
>>"Ours is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a
>>of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper.
>>it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs
>>homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the
>>comforts of life. That is the engineer's high privilege.
>>"The great liability of the engineer compared to ? other professions is
>>his works are out in the open where all can see them. His acts, step by
>>are in hard substance. He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave like
>>He cannot argue them into thin air or blame the judge like the lawyers. He
>>cannot, like the architects, cover his failures with trees and vines. He
>>cannot, like the politicians, screen his shortcoming by blaming his
>>and hoping that the people will forget.
>"On the other hand, unlike the doctor, his is not a life among the weak.
>> Unlike the soldier, destruction is not his purpose. Unlike the lawyer,
>>quarrels are not his daily bread. To the engineer falls the job of
>>the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope. No doubt, as years
>>by, people forget which engineer did it, even if they ever knew ? But the
>>engineer himself looks back at the unending stream of goodness which flows
>>from his successes with satisfaction that few professionals may know."
>... Herbert C. Hoover, Engineer and 31st U.S. President
>Isn't it a shame that we don't have a President with this sort of wisdom
>and integrity today.  Oops, I guess that was yet another dart! {;^>
>Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
>Dallas, Texas