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Interview #912: Setterholm, Vance C. (June, 2009)

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00:13:07 - 00:15:43 Typical Day

typical day, paper testing

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BW

Could you talk a little bit about your typical day while you worked here and the jobs that you had while you were here? What did you do on a day-to-day basis?

VS

At what point in my career?

BW

Well, I guess just in general, kind of as your career progress, if you could talk a little bit about that.

VS

In general? Oh, well the typical day at the Forest Products Laboratory was - everyone is sort of their own, we had rules, you know, assignments and so forth. For example, I was asked to look in-to the effect of overnight moisture on the strength of and swelling of paper and its affected strength. Now, that involved developing techniques to do so. For example, at night the dew point rises and things become more moist, and finding out how to measure this, we rigged up some containers and put them on a balance and simply weighed them periodically with a recording instrument. Hold on a minute, let's break - I think I'm not getting what you want. You're asking for what goes on in a typical day -

BW

Yeah, well I think just kind of your interactions with your co-workers and the projects that you worked on.

VS

Yeah, you know I worked for forty years and it's hard to key in to. I'm trying to do early days.

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