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70 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2023 Editor's note: is column is a combination of direct quotes om the book author and Happy's own comments. Anything in quotation marks comes om the book's author, Archibald Putt. I have read very few humorous technical columns in my career, but the one exception is an 11-part series, "e Successful Techno- crat" 1 by Archibald Putt, which was featured in Research & Development Journal in 1976 and 1977. e author later published a book, Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat 2 , and years later, I tried to buy it—only to have to wait eight years to get it. In the meantime, I have saved copies of the articles and sent them to friends. A Must-Read for Engineers and Technologists It is a shame that I never discovered who Archibald Putt (his pseudonym) was, but I suspect he was an engineer or scientist at IBM. What I like about his style is that he uses equations and Boolean logic to emphasize his points. Hopefully this will induce you to find and read this gem of a book. In this column, I will summarize each of the chapters. Chapter 1: Putt's Law "Beginning a disquisition on the vagaries of upward mobility through the ranks of your fel- low workers in today's R&D community—how to do it and what to do when you get there." Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat Happy's Tech Talk #18 by Happy Holden, I-CONNECT007

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