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Stan,

Do you know where I can get a copy of that speech?  That would be a cool
thing to print out and hang in the office.

Jason

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> From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2005 1:59 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: Looking for Structural failure pictures
> 
> Ralph Hueston Kratz wrote:
> 
> "I wonder how the medical profession handles this situation.  Surely
> they don't keep major failings secret for fear of lawsuits, do they?"
> 
> Ralph:
> 
> As President Herbert Hoover, an engineer, once explained ... they bury
> their mistakes.
> 
> Here is an excerpt from his famous speech:
> 
> "Ours 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 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 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 shortcoming by blaming his opponents 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
> clothing the bare bones of science with life, comfort and hope.  No
> doubt, as years go 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 satisfactions that few
> professionals may know."
> 
> We should always keep these words of wisdom in mind, especially when
> prospective clients treat us as commodities and, like office supplies,
> try to procure our services on the basis of price.  This, after all, is
> National Engineers Week.  Take pride in your profession!
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
> Dallas, Texas
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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