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Re: The failings ... I second the motion!

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On Dec 15, 2004, at 6:41 AM, Gary Hodgson & Associates wrote:

I agreed with part of that original issue, as so many engineers are just so many heads or bodies in large organisations and are not thought of as professionals.
I think you put your finger right on it. Most engineers are employees. At best you have whatever glory is reflected off your employer. That wasn't the case with greats like the Roeblings or Brunel, but that's becasue they were known in their own right. The US likes stars, not understudies. If you want public adoration you need to be a media personality or notorious--just being able to make people's eyes glaze over talking shop isn't all that glamorous. My own mother went to her grave not knowing what I actually did, day-to-day.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)    | this distance" (last words of Gen.
...................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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