Gosh, what could possibly have prompted this thread?
A long time ago, when I was a starry-eyed young grad student, I spent a lot of time in the stacks at UW's Kurt F. Wendt engineering library. When I first signed up as a foron (back in July 2003 !?!?!?) those grad-student days were already long past, but for some obscure reason I kept the name.
IIRC the original Kurt Wendt was in nuclear engineering. I like to think that his spirit was speaking through me in this