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On Jun 29, 2009, at 12:11 PM, Bill Polhemus wrote:

I guess what I should have said is "there's no glory in an engineering job well done."
Not a helluva lot of money either. But it's really cool showing your kids something you had a hand in. And truth to tell, I get a huge amount of satisfaction in figuring out problems that baffle the laity.

You can have a movie about a fighting attorney, winning a big case against the "evil corporations." But I suspect a story about a crusading structural engineer that "wins" against the "evil corporate building owner" to make sure a building is safe, won't get green-lighted in Hollyweird any time soon.
'China Syndrome' and 'No Island in the Sky' were a couple, although James Stewart's character was bit bit loopier than I see myself. And 'Towering Inferno' pitted technical types against evil corporate owner.

N.B. I dig the historical analogy.
Best I could do on short notice

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