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Mr. Feather:
    You write beautifully:  thank you very much for your memorable prose.  It
brightened our day!

audra ranous

Paul Feather wrote:

> ENGINEERING
>
> ?It is a great profession.  There is the fascination of watching a figment
> of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper.
> Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy.  Then it brings
> jobs and 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 men of other professions is
> that his works are out in the open where all can see them.  His acts, step
> by step, are in hard substance.  He cannot bury his mistakes in the grave
> like the doctors.  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 shortcomings
> by blaming his opponents and hope people will forget.  The engineer simply
> cannot deny he did it.  If his works do not work, he is damned?
>
> ?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 clothing
> the bare bones of science with life, comfort, and hope.  No doubt as years
> go by the people forget which engineer did it, even if they ever knew.  Or
> some politician puts his name on it.  Or they credit it to some promoter who
> used other people?s money? But the engineer himself looks back at the
> unending stream of goodness which flows from his successes with
> satisfactions that few professions may know.  And the verdict of his fellow
> professionals is all the accolade he wants.?
>
> Herbert Hoover
>
> Paul Feather  P.E.
> San Diego, California
> pfeather(--nospam--at)san.rr.com
>