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> How about going on strike?  Of course,engineers would
> never do such a thing.  I heard a story that engineers
> in Australia or New Zealand went on strike.  The story
> related that the strike lasted one day before employers
> folded, as the country could not operate without
> engineers.  Wonder if it is true?
> Gary
>
>
> On 2 Aug 2005 at 21:24, Scott Maxwell wrote:
>
>> Or what about the movie "Arlington Road"?  A wonderful, heartwarming
>> story about a supposed structural engineer in a quest to help a
>> delusional neighbor who only insists on labeling the good structural
>> engineer with labels like "terrorist" and "bad, bad man".  <grin>
>> Surely, that is a perfect example of a wonderful, positive image of
>> SEs, eh?  <grin>
>>
>> Scott
>> Adrian, MI
>>
>>
>> On Tue, 2 Aug 2005, Kevin Polin wrote:
>>
>> > > "We need a "celebrity structural engineer"..."
>> >
>> > http://www.fox.com/prisonbreak/
>> >
>> > Have you all forgotten?
>> >
>> > Kevin
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Haan, Scott M POA [mailto:Scott.M.Haan(--nospam--at)poa02.usace.army.mil]
>> > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 4:35 PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>> > Subject: RE: Definition of Structural Engineering for High School
>> > Students
>> >
>> >
>> > What about Osama Bin Laden.
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: David Fisher [mailto:dfisher(--nospam--at)fpse.com]
>> > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 2:13 PM
>> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>> > Subject: RE: Definition of Structural Engineering for High School
>> > Students
>> >
>> > The problem runs deeper than the Princeton Review...
>> >
>> > The public perception of structural engineers has to be altered...
>> >
>> >
>> > This may seem ridiculous, but I think one way to improve things is
>> > thru the Media...
>> >
>> >
>> > We need a "celebrity structural engineer"...
>> >
>> > As an example, look at "chefs"...before the Food Network and other
>> > cooking shows, The only real chefs people knew about were Julia
>> > Child and the Galloping Gourmet.
>> >
>> > And they were true parodies of themselves...
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Now, it seems everyone knows Bobby Flay, Rick Bayless, etc...
>> >
>> > Its "cool" to be a chef...cripes, we even have realty shows about
>> > cooking!!!!!
>> >
>> >
>> > Cooking school enrollment is at an all time high...can engineering
>> > programs say that?
>> >
>> > *&^%%$!!!
>> >
>> > The perception is so low that the plaque honoring Fazlur Kahn was
>> > almost Covered by drywall during a lobby renovation!
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Before everyone makes fun of me, I'm not a "foodie"...I happen to be
>> > married to a Cordon Bleu trained chef...so I get to watch "Iron
>> > Chef" and "Nigella Bites" in between editions of "Sportscenter"
>> >
>> >
>> > We all know the celebrity architects: Gehry, Jahn, Meier, Childs,
>> > Koolhaas, Pei...
>> >
>> >
>> > Santiago Calatrava, whom I held out a lot of hope to bring interest
>> > to structural engineering has gone from listing himself as engineer
>> > to "architect"
>> >
>> >
>> > Why, because engineering is not "sexy"...even the poor guys at NASA
>> > are taking their lumps these days.
>> >
>> >
>> > Movies like "Apollo 13" and "From the Earth to the Moon", while
>> > showing engineers at work doing incredible things, still show us as
>> > nerdy guys with slicked back hair And pocket protectors...
>> >
>> > Very "George McFly"
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The only time structural engineers make the news is when something
>> > collapses or horrific events like 9/11 occur.
>> >
>> > Then we take all the blame.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > The simple fact is that we, as a group, seem to shun the
>> > limelight...
>> >
>> > We do our work well, have many sleepless nights and let the
>> > architects take all the credit...not that many would share any
>> > anyway.
>> >
>> >
>> > We need a person with that right combination of looks (yes, that's
>> > important), personality and ability to bring our profession out of
>> > the background...
>> >
>> >
>> > Any volunteers?
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > David L. Fisher  SE  PE
>> > Senior Principal
>> > Fisher + Partners Structural Engineers inc
>> > 372 West Ontario
>> > Chicago 60610
>> >
>> > 312.573.1701
>> > 312.573.1726 fax
>> > 312.622.0409 mobile
>> > www.fpse.com
>> >
>> > David L. Fisher  SE  PE
>> > Director
>> > Head of Design and Construction
>> > Cape Cod Grand Cayman Holdings Ltd
>> > 75 Fort Street
>> > Georgetown Grand Cayman BWI
>> > mobile 312.622.0409
>> > www.ccgch.com
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: Bill Polhemus [mailto:bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc]
>> > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 4:41 PM
>> > To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
>> > Subject: Re: Definition of Structural Engineering for High School
>> > Students
>> >
>> > > It sickens me to think that even one student
>> > > might have read this description and then pursued a different
>> > > career.
>> >
>> > For what it's worth, I read it, threw up, then went off to have a
>> > lie-down.
>> >
>> >
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