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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-24-2005 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From The Huntsville Times:
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Surviving World War II Allied attacks, working on space satellites and putting men on the moon punctuated the life of German rocket team member Dr. Ernst Lange.

But one of his personal passions was seeing America embrace the metric system instead of U.S. customary units, commonly known as English or standard units.

A native of Hamburg, Germany, Lange died June 17 at his home in Huntsville. He was 89. He worked for Dr. Wernher von Braun in labs at Peenemuende on guidance and control devices for the German V-2 rockets during World War II, and joined von Braun's U.S. Army rocket team in El Paso, Texas, in 1947.


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eurospace
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posted 06-24-2005 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for sharing, Robert.

From a documentation I have received from one of the Peenemündian oldtimers, Lange was part of the 3rd generation of German rocket pioneers, entering the US in the earl 50s. Thus, he probably has not joined von Braun in 1947, but later.

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Duke Of URL
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posted 06-24-2005 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Metric system????

That's for COMMUNISTS!!

star61
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posted 06-25-2005 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But it might stop Mars probes from disappearing

Phil

Duke Of URL
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posted 06-25-2005 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah....Mars, the RED planet.

Proves my point.

star61
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posted 06-25-2005 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for star61   Click Here to Email star61     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Give a man a inch , he takes a yar....meter!

Phil


zee_aladdin
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posted 06-25-2005 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for zee_aladdin   Click Here to Email zee_aladdin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Duke of URL ...

The metric system is far superior than the standard inch system. Wake up. Everyone knows this already. Why would you call it communist when all of the other major american-friendly countries are using it? Does this make Germany, england, france, Janpan and other countries communist??? I think not.

I think your thinking is stuck in the past. It is time to move beyond that. It is time to move to the future. It is time to give America more progress thru the Metric System.

- Zee

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posted 06-26-2005 11:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I'm doing science, I'll use meters-newton-seconds.

Otherwise, I'll stick to pounds, miles, furlongs, board-feet, cubic yards, slugs, chains, bushels, ounces, hogsheads, barrells, pecks, drams, acre-feet, hands, grains, cups, gauge, stones, tablespoons, reams, sections, gallons....

I can easily, and happily, convert between metric and English. But I prefer English for my everyday use. Other folks can have liters of wine and shoot 9mm europellet. I'll take my beer in pints and my bullets in .45

Oh, yeah. And I'll be behind a barricade before I'll swap 8.5 x 11 for freaking A4 paper.


[This message has been edited by Rodina (edited June 26, 2005).]

Duke Of URL
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posted 06-29-2005 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Duke Of URL   Click Here to Email Duke Of URL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by zee_aladdin:
Hey Duke of URL ...
The metric system is far superior than the standard inch system.

The metric system doesn't make countries Communist, COMMIES make countries Communist. The metric system just helps, tovarich.

[This message has been edited by Duke Of URL (edited June 29, 2005).]

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