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Personally, I'm not too concerned with the story line hurting the image
of structural engineers - I think that the public understands that
Hollywood's imaginary stories don't represent everyday people.  But I
will reserve my judgment of the show until seeing it - I hope they don't
perpetuate the "nerdy" image of engineers.  That would be more damaging.

William C. Sherman, PE
(Bill Sherman)
CDM, Denver, CO
Phone: 303-298-1311
Fax: 303-293-8236
email: shermanwc(--nospam--at)

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher Wright [mailto:chrisw(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2005 9:29 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Joliet prison is a 'Break'-out star

> Is this the way  we want structural engineers portrayed??
> It starts Monday!
We probably shouldn't get terribly worked up over something as
impossible as a collective image. This list is proof positive that there
is no such thing even among a sub-discipline like civil/structural
engineers. There isn't anything typical even about engineering practice,
let alone the practitioners. I watch James Stewart play a somewhat ditsy
aeronautical engineering genius (No Highway in the Sky'--you should see
it if you haven't) and I think 'Wull, gee whiz, those Hollywood fellas
just don't know what engineers actually do, now do they? Doggone-it,
it's not's just not right!' But that's OK--my mother went to
her grave not knowing what I do, and my wife just says 'some kind of
mechanical engineer.' That's life.

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

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