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From: Steve Conklin <hpfcla!hplabs!amdahl!uunet!tesla!steve>
Subject: beer anecdote
Date: 1989-07-12 14:35:16 GMT

Here is an interesting "beer anecdote".

As part of the twentieth anniversary of man's landing on the moon, the
local TV stations in Huntsville (AL - The Rocket city) have been producing
bits about various aspects of the Apollo program, etc. A number of the
members of the "Von Braun team" still live in Huntsville, and have been
interviewed for these stories. Last night, they interviewed
George Von Tiesenhausen, introducing him as the man who developed the
hold-down/release system for the Saturn rockets. Then the interviewer
stated that Mr. VT had invented the system while drinking beer. Well,
that got my attention, as I had just poured a homebrew. Mr. VT held
up a Grolsch bottle, and popping open the swing top, said (I'm paraphraseing)
"You see how a little force from your thumbs can release the large force
holding down the cap. When you look at a beer bottle like this, you are
seeing almost exactly how the release system for the Saturn rocket worked."

Steve Conklin uunet!ingr!tesla!steve
Intergraph Corp. tesla!
Huntsville, AL 35807 (205) 772-4013

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