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Sunday, February 16, 2014

On the Origins of "Ugly"

Yesterday I posted a link to a Maker Blog article about a fellow who designed a DIY, junkbox, homebrew machine tool.  I noted that in the book "The Ugly American" the hero also makes use of old engine blocks.  Farhan commented on this, reminding me of the connection between "The Ugly American" and our beloved ugly construction method:  This is from Todd's (wonderful) QRP Pops site:
 
http://www.qrp.pops.net/ugly.asp

The Origin of the Term "Ugly Construction"

Roger Hayward, KA7EXM and Wes Hayward, W7ZOI coined the term "Ugly Construction" while writing the "Ugly Weekender" published in the August 1981 issue of QST. I asked Wes about this in 2009. The term was a takeoff from the 1958 book entitled The Ugly American by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick. 

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