Monthly Archives: October 2014

You Don’t Have to be Smart to Get a PhD

Shortly after we moved to Denver in 1971, my then wife, Carol, took a job teaching child development at Metropolitan State College. As a new faculty member, she was invited to a number of social events and I was expected … Continue reading

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Artists and Models

Living in Denver in the mid ‘70s I was, as I like to describe it, “gainfully underemployed.” I supported myself with a variety of part-time jobs: some teaching at local colleges, some report writing, some evaluation research. I had lots … Continue reading

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Engineering Education and Skinning Cats

Among all the courses I took in engineering school, I recall only one as being a “true” engineering course…that was a course in servomechanisms and feedback control systems. But it wasn’t the course content that made it “true.” I entered … Continue reading

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The Truth About Older Drivers

I spent 20 years at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration studying older driver safety. Here is what we learned: There is no single age beyond which older drivers become unsafe, so pulling a license after a specific birthday may … Continue reading

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Getting Your Foot in the Door

The official motto of Metropolitan State University of Denver is “We Educate Colorado.” That’s a good motto, but I don’t remember it, or any motto, for that matter, from the mid 70’s when I taught a couple of courses there. … Continue reading

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Health Care Costs Less Than You Think

If you have ever had a doctor’s visit or a hospital stay and you have health insurance, you probably received a rather obtuse document called an “Explanation of Benefits.” This document tells you, among other things, how much the doctor … Continue reading

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Bart Laney and the First Intermittent Windshield Wiper

An engineer named Robert Kearns filed a patent application for his invention of the intermittent windshield wiper on December 1, 1964. His subsequent struggle with the auto industry over patent infringement was the subject of the 2008 movie, “Flash of … Continue reading

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