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My first engineering memories

It started with building blocks, train sets, erector sets, girders and paper airplanes.   These were my earliest engineering memories.  I don’t recall which memory was earliest,  playing with a Lionel train set I got for Christmas which filled half my bedroom or a humongous block castle I built in my first week of kindergarten.  The truth is, I couldn’t help myself.  Whether it was discovering how the train tracks went together or the rail road cars connected or how to make a sturdy wall or a tall tower, if it didn’t work one way I would try  another then another until it was as good as it would get.   Then I would start over and build something better with my new knowledge.


  1. Joe Robin wrote:

    First things taken apart:
    * Water heater at age 3.
    * Big Brother’s toy train, taken apart on Christmas Day (the day he received it), age 5.
    * Many Baby Ben clocks, old radios, old TV’s, old computer boards, etc etc up thru my teens.

    First things put together:
    * Remco crystal radio sets
    * 100 in 1 kits
    * Many plastic models

    Fun website!
    Joe N9OK

    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:45 am | Permalink
  2. Chris NW6V wrote:

    Very intriguing site 🙂

    First thing I remember building was a castle out of blocks – then a ddistinct memory of “repairing” the plug on an extension cord, plugging it in, and getting the first real “shock” of my life. Musta been 6, maybe 7 🙂

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink
  3. Tom Guyer - KG6AO wrote:

    While my parents were at lunch, I took apart a “call director” telephone, which had about six lines and hold buttons, to “see how it worked”. I was just starting to put it back together when they returned (and screamed).I said I would fix it (and I did), and they cut me bunches of slack after that. I was about 12 years old.

    Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

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