[Ads-l] Quip Origin: If You're Not Part of the Solution You're Part of the Precipitate

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 15 19:05:53 UTC 2023

On twitter Simon Koppel told me about a precursor appearing in the
student newspaper of the Case Institute of Technology of Cleveland,
Ohio in April 1973. The term "Chem E" referred to "Chemical
Engineering". The QI article has been updated and Koppel is

[ref] 1973 April 25, Case Tech, Volume 68, Number 24, Student
Newspaper of Case Institute of Technology, (Untitled filler item),
Quote Page 8, Column 1, Cleveland, Ohio. (Case Western Reserve
University, Kelvin Smith Library, Student Newspaper Archive at
newspapers.case.edu; accessed June 15, 2023) link [/ref]


[Begin excerpt]
You know you’ve been going out with a Chem E too long when you become
part of the precipitate, rather than the solution.
[End excerpt]


On Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 11:18 PM ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> List member Nancy Friedman mentioned to me off-list the joke in the
> subject line after my recent posting about "You Are Either Part of the
> Problem or Part of the Solution". Two other people mentioned this
> remark which inspired a QI article which is available here:
> https://quoteinvestigator.medium.com/e67f8812828b
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2023/06/14/precipitate/
> Acknowledgement: Great thanks to Craig Good, Nancy Friedman, and Steve
> Robinson who each told QI about this saying which inspired this
> exploration.
> Feedback and interesting citations welcome
> Garson O'Toole

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