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Pulitzer Prize-winning novels depict heating systems in a new light

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edited March 2018 in THE MAIN WALL
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Pulitzer Prize-winning novels depict heating systems in a new light

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Tinman

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  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,701
    edited March 2018
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    Very good, Yes, our Great Society expects heat when the make their little commands at the thermostat. But, we are no one's minion; if you allow the customer to command you like just like they command their little heat switches on the wall, you are the anchor of the heating world. Let's earn, or better yet, command a little respect
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • kcopp
    kcopp Member Posts: 4,441
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    As usual Dan well stated and well thought.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,433
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    Among the treasures in this ark I care for is a series of letters from one Julie Palmer Smith to her husband, Morris Smith, written during the Civil War. She was in Hartford, CT with four young girls. He was in New Orleans, busy selling tack (horse equipment) to the Confederates (there's a story there). In those letters, scattered around, are her stories of trying to keep their house in Hartford warm - at least warm enough to keep the water thawed. They are fascinating... we take so much for granted.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Erin Holohan Haskell
  • Erin Holohan Haskell
    Erin Holohan Haskell Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 2,326
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    So true!

    President
    HeatingHelp.com

  • BradHotNCold
    BradHotNCold Member Posts: 70
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    Purely coincidentally, I read this on the day of the second consecutive nor’easter in as many weeks. We drove to Maine knowing the snow was on its way. Upon arrival, we made plans for the loss of electricity. We have not gone the generator route, so loss of electricity means loss of heat. But we have a form of cental heat: a Russian stove or masonry heater which is able — with enough wood — to keep the center of our Maine house moderately warm. We wear sweaters! But as they say, making wood warms you twice. But today’s whiteout conditions are gorgeous! 02/08/2018
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,505
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    So Dan, was there a clear winner-of all the books you read? Or at least a top 10?
    I looked up the list and was surprised to learn I had actually read 5 of them, sadly none in the last 30 years.

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  • Tinman
    Tinman Member Posts: 2,808
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    Two of my favorites are in there - The Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Steve Minnich
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,544
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    Steve, anything but Faulkner. ;-)
    Retired and loving it.
  • RPK
    RPK Member Posts: 109
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    This made me think of a Pulitzer Prize winner I read recently, Martin Dressler, by Stephen Millhauser. There’s quite a bit on steam heating and even an entire chapter called “The Radiator” What were your thoughts on this one Dan?
    Tinman
  • DanHolohan
    DanHolohan Member, Moderator, Administrator Posts: 16,544
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    @RPK I liked that one a lot. Thanks.
    Retired and loving it.
  • GBart
    GBart Member Posts: 746
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    I love the little war Darren McGavin has with his boiler in A Christmas Story, very accurate right down to the damper controls on the kitchen wall.