While getting together a pile of logarithmic
graph paper for a give-away drawing (soon to be announced on RF
Cafe homepage), an incident came to mind that occurred way back
during my technician days.
I was working in a "special"
section of the company. The manager for that area was a former
electronics technician from another division that had developed
a good relationship with a "special" customer. He ended up being
in charge of a couple very excellent engineers, as well as
another technician and me. The manager was a really nice guy,
but it kind of irked the engineers that they were working for
someone that did not have a degree of some sort. One of the
engineers was an old-school guy who made no effort to hide his
objection. The other electrical engineer was a good-natured type
who would rather express his dissatisfaction by playing
practical jokes at the expense of his chosen victim.
Well, one day we were working on a circuit that required
plotting the response of a filter (this was in the early 1980s,
before there was a computer on every desktop). The practical
joker mentioned to the manager that the graph should be plotted
on logarithmic paper, and the manager quickly agreed. Sensing
that the technician-turned-manager did not really know how to
use log graph paper, our joker volunteered to go get some from
his office, and asked the manager how many cycles he would need
on the graph.
"Oh, about ten," came the response. Even
as a technician myself at the time, I knew a faux pas had been
committed, and it was all I could do to keep from laughing out
loud as the engineer immediately looked over at me and rolled
- Kirt Blattenberger
Progenitor & Webmaster