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It must have been only a decade or so ago when a rumor floated around this list that Dennis Wish and I were actually the same person creating our own version of SNL's Point/Counter Point to the entertainment of the structural engineering community. Someone remarked that they had never seen us in the same room and wondered if one of us was fabricated. The truth was we both were.


Then I got a BMW motorcycle and, amazingly, Dennis and I didn't argue anymore.


That was a little over 200,000 miles ago.




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


Consulting Structural Engineers
V (949) 248-8588 F(949) 209-2509

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Hemstad [mailto:mhemstad(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 7:21 AM
Subject: History of Seaint List


Well, we're not dead, at least not all of us.  10 years or so ago when I first found this List, I thought it was the neatest thing since sliced bread.  It was a rare week that I didn't post something.  Polhemus and I (and a number of others) got into some pretty good political rants on the side, as well as a lot of good technical exchange.  It still is a great resource, but when I changed jobs 4 years ago, I found myself busier (and less bored), and my available time dropped precipitously.  And, yes, there inevitably tends to be a lot of repeat content as the years pass.  Any time you have 15,000 structural engineers (that's the last figure I heard--I don't know what it stands at now) signed on to something, there is going to be some turnover.  But, it's still a wonderful thing, even if I only get to it once a month.


Mike Hemstad, P.E., S.E.


Minnneapolis, MN


On Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM, <jwhite(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> I was looking at the archives recently and was curious what some of the

> first posts were and who posted them. It was interesting to see that a lot

> of the questions are very similar to those being asked presently. The only

> major difference is the code references are older. The other thing I

> noticed was that Bill Polhemus is one of the only people active from the

> very beginning of the list to present day. I wonder what happened to many

> of the others who used to participate and also if any of those who are still

> on the list know how the list got started?


> - Jeremy