Editor’s Note: In 2016, John Ballun, released a collection of enlightening and sometimes humorous engineering stories based on what he learned over the years from numerous mentors.
He dedicated the book to those mentors, who he said were “talented and seasoned engineers and business professionals, who had many occasions” to save him from making mistakes. The central character, Duke Waters, is a compilation of the mentors; the stories are about what he learned.
Here’s an excerpt of the first chapter of Ballun’s book. VALVEMagazine.com will be running other chapters over the coming months.