Metallurgical Reason for Watching the Super Bowl

For all you metal heads and sports fans, the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has revealed the history behind the Pittsburgh Steelers helmet logo in time for the upcoming Super Bowl between the Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.

According to AISI, the Steelers adopted the logo in 1962, borrowing it from the institute’s Steelmark logo.

“The Steelmark was originally created for United States Steel Corporation to promote the attributes of steel:  yellow lightens your work; orange brightens your leisure; and blue widens your world.  The logo’s meaning was later amended to represent the three materials used to produce steel:  yellow for coal; orange for iron ore; and blue for steel scrap.”

Feel free to drop this nugget of trivia at your Super Bowl party this weekend.

Duesenberg Prediction Comes True

An article in the September/October 2006 edition of ECS ended with a heck of a prediction.

The soothsayer was Jim Schneck, subject of the article “Put It in Reverse,” which detailed the plight of a group of metalcasters looking to recreate the engine cylinder head of the rare and expensive Duesenberg Model J. (No need to dig up your back issues—see a full, printable PDF here.)

“Jay Leno called,” Schneck told an ECS reporter at the time. “He’s interested in this project.”

Boy was he ever. Now, after having bought the first head successfully produced by Schneck and his team, Leno has written an article for Popular Mechanics heralding the efforts of metalcasters and other craftsmen in keeping classic cars on the road and in the showrooms.

Leno’s discussion of the metalcasting process is cursory, and he gets a touch mushy with nostalgia for the old days, but his ability to put the Duesenberg in automotive context makes the article worth reading. In case you don’t have time to get through the whole piece, here’s the last paragraph.

“Thanks to Jim Schneck, you can make that Duesenberg run again. To anyone who plans to re-create a much-needed part for other vintage automobiles, I say: Thank you. You will be revered by those of us who cherish them.”

That’s another prediction that is likely to come true.

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