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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Welding Class Project Suggestions
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Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:07:37 -0800
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I had a similar experience in college.  The instructor for the Strength 
of Materials class read the textbook to the class in a slow monotone.  
Students were keeping track of things like "ah", "er", and all.  When we 
got in the lab and started testing various materials, he was a wealth of 
information.  Offered all sorts of useful stuff; after class he drove 
off in his Porsche 356.

On 1/5/2015 5:16 PM, Mark J Bradakis wrote:
> This is just a story I am sure I've told before many times, but the 
> experience has stuck with me.
> Many years ago when I was at the U of U a couple of the profs and 
> myself enrolled in an evening
> auto body repair course at a local high school. First night's class 
> was in a classroom and consisted
> of covering shop safety, outline of the course, blah blah blah.
> The old fellow who was teaching sat up there and read from notes in 
> such a dull monotone for what
> seemed like hours and hours.  The profs and I kind of looked at each 
> other with a "what have we done?"
> look. Mercifully the lecture finally concluded, and he asked "Any 
> questions?"
> My friend Gary had brought in a fender from his Model A truck project. 
> He asked the instructor to
> take a look.
> I have never in my life seen a human being transformed in such a short 
> time. When the "boring old fart"
> got his hands on that piece of metal he was a completely different 
> person. Excited and animated, he pointed
> out where previous work on the metal had work hardened this area, 
> resulting in some incipient cracks at
> the edge, he pointed out some warpage over here and so on. I almost 
> expected him to provide the mileage of
> the truck and the original paint color codes.
> Never in my life will I be able to look at a piece of metal with that 
> master's wisdom and experience.
> It was amazing.
> mjb.
> ______________________ 

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