First, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for being involved in an investment scandal that was colossal. Poor people lost their savings.
Second, he charged people money just to see his work so much that he recouped more than 50% of his initial investment. People died because of his work.
Third, he made the United States seem second rate. After they were number one for 6 years.
Guess in the comments. The answer is below. Let me know if you guessed right.
Who is he?
After the French debacle in Panama building the canal he was sentenced to 2 years in prison. He was later acquitted.
In the first six months of the Eiffel Tower people paid enough to pay over half the costs to put it up. (I can’t remember if it was 60% or 75%.) This is unfair but people committed suicide jumping off the tower. Buildings kill people. Let’s outlaw elevators. 😉
The Eiffel Tower took the world record for the tallest structure from the Washington Monument. Those Frenchies had it in for us. (I am part French.)
Let me remind you of General Yamashita’s motto: be happy in your work.
– Colonel Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai
I had lunch with a friend* on Saturday during which he told me that he’d never been happy in his work. The context for this comment is that he was looking forward to taking a new position within a few months with great anticipation because it would be it would be the first time he expected to enjoy his job.
Since I’ve always enjoyed my work, I assumed many others did too. Is this wrong? How many of you enjoy your work now or have in the past?
It is time to test everyone’s historical knowledge. Hint Mike it is about things in the past.
Who was the greatest engineer of all time?
Second Greatest Engineer
Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He made the Thames tunnel and The Box Tunnel, the Royal Albert Bridge, Great Western Railroad, and three yuge steamships. Oh, and Paddington Station, London.
I didn’t know his father was French and his mother’s maiden name was Kingdom.
If you want please show your ignorance by disputing my answers in the comments. But first guess before you look at them.