Here is a classic example of how the press has treated Mr. Bosch and the Captive Column over the years. The following newspaper article appeared in The Mercury of San Jose, California, which covered the Ninth Grade School Bridge Project.
The article was published on Friday morning, June 7, 1968 on page 29. We can't publish the whole article here due to copyright laws, even though it was only 108 words long. It was impossible to quote all of the mistakes (6 of them) due to its short length, so we decided to quote just the beginning and the end of the article and fill in the blanks with a commentary:
This article was so hostile that instead of showing the photos of the schoolboys holding the beams overhead and then parking an Eldorado on it, they chose to print a single photo of a Mack truck crushing the beams (the beams were designed to hold an Eldorado, not a Mack truck, so the balsa wood core failed -- intermittent use of pine in the core probably would have held the truck since it got almost 1/2 of the way across before failure). By using negative phrases like "TOO HEAVY", "tested their scheme", and "partial success", The Mercury gave the impression that the project was a joke. The article also contained these errors:
The only name spelled correctly was that of Paul Trainer, whose father was a local engineer. In addition, the authors name was conspicuously absent from the article.
Needless to say, it was very disheartening for Mr. Bosch to witness The Mercury newspaper convert this amazing success (by two schoolboys) into a dismal failure.
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