The June meeting at the Howe Library in Hanover NH included a lively discussion of private industry versus government construction projects which centered around the building of the British Airships R-100 and R-101 which was the central theme of Shute’s autobiography Slide Rule.
Meredith Angwin, who led the popular and successful course Engineering Adventures with Nevil Shute at the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth, led the discussion around several questions which she posed to those attending.
The group also extended the discussion to include how much personal information should be included in an autobiography. Even though the book stressed and the discussion consensus of opinion was that private projects are usually preferable to government projects, one person in the group pointed out that the U.S. nuclear navy, under Admiral Rickover, managed to build great new-style boats in a government facility.
The next meeting will be held on Saturday 06 July 2013 from 2pm to 4pm in the Murray Room at the Howe Library in Hanover NH. Laura Schneider, the U.S. librarian for the Nevil Shute Norway Foundation, will lead the discussion of Beyond the Black Stump.
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