Engines of Our Ingenuity


The Radio Scripts

Contributing Essayists:

The vast majority of the scripts were by John Lienhard during the first two decades of the program. More recently, scores of other people have contributed to this series, widening the scope of the program. A complete list of contributors may be found at http://www.uh.edu/engines/contributors.html.

Some contributors who have been providing material on a regular basis are:


Other Contributors:

Any attempt to list all the people who have contributed to the labor of developing scripts would be hopeless because the extent of good will on the part of friends and listeners has been so great. But a few general statements are in order.

John Lienhard needs to thank Carol Lienhard who has critically read almost every episode with a fine ear for what will work and what will not. She has also provided a vast effort in locating material. Most of this help is unacknowledged in the scripts.

Countless colleagues at the University of Houston have contributed helpful criticism and ideas. Only some of this is acknowledged in the scripts. Listeners provide a steady flow of interaction and commentary — more than is possible to cope with adequately or to acknowledge properly. However, it has always exerted a formative, if indirect, influence on the series.

Finally, the extensive contributions of ideas, sources, graphics, and other substantive material by members of the University of Houston Libraries are gratefully noted within individual episodes. But, beyond that, many members of the Library have generously read scripts critically and contributed widely varied expertise. Only a fraction of that effort is properly acknowledged in the scripts.

Paul Pendergraft  is the KUHF manager of the Engines program and a key player in keeping the program running smoothly, day by day.

Two KUHF people deserve special mention: John Proffitt,   now retired head of KUHF-FM radio, encouraged the program from its inception. And Capella Tucker,  Station Director, was first associated with Engines as its sound engineer and then as its manager.

ENGINES on the Web:

Valerie Lawhorn: Web maintenance, design, and ongoing markup, Web News Editor for KUHF Houston Public Radio.

Patrick Hoyt: Substantial additional web design and consultation. Until February, 2012, Webmaster for KUHF Houston Public Radio.

Andrew Lienhard:   Additional web design and consultation. Software Engineer and Musician. (Also creator of http://www.jazzhouston.com)

John Lienhard:  Ongoing web maintenance, photography and other images.

Matthew Prendergast: Web maintenance, design, and ongoing markup, Web developer for Houston Public Media.


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