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I probably watched more television than I
should have as a teenager. Studying for better grades would have been a much better use of my time. However, having
had a bent toward things scientific from my early days, even now there are certain episodes of the TV shows that stick
out in my mind. A while back I wrote about an episode of the 1970s television sitcom "Barney
Miller," where Detective Sargent Arthur Dietrich, the show's subtle and wryly humorous braniac, encounters a college student's working model
of an atomic bomb.
working at RF Micro Devices (now known as
Qorvo) on a project to improve the ESD ruggedness of our RFICs, I had to do a number of presentations
on progress over a span of about two years. I desperately searched online for this episode of Welcome Back Kotter
titled "Sweathog Clinic for the Cure of Smoking." It was not available at the time, but did show up for a short
time sometime around 2008. Then, it disappeared and was not available again anywhere until a few months ago when
a DVD set for the
Welcome Back, Kotter television series went on sale at Amazon.com. I quickly snatched a copy
(~$85) and produced this clip. It's hilarious!