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Comparing Memos

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Introduction
Two very famous incidents in the history of our country are the Three Mile Island incident and the Challenger Explosion. In each of these instances, memos were written warning of possible dangers if certain action was not taken. Unfortunately, neither of these memos succeeded in preventing the accidents that occurred because they weren’t read closely. One of them was written on August 3, 1978 by Dr. Hallman, Manager of the Plant Performance 77 Services Section of Babcock and Wilcox, he wrote a memo to Mr. Bruce Karrasch, Manager of the Plant Integration Section at Babcock and Wilcox, to inform him of Mr. Dunn's recommendations and that, because the Nuclear Service Section had raised some questions, the recommendations had not been acted upon—although Mr. Dunn's memos "suggest the possibility of uncovering the core if present HPI [high pressure injection] policy is continued. The other one was written on Jan. 28, 1986 by Boisjoly — an engineer at Morton Thiokol, the firm that built the boosters — wrote a memo warning that if the weather was too cold, seals connecting sections of the shuttle’s huge rocket boosters could fail. ” Mr. Boisjoly was awarded the Prize for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he spoke to more than 300 universities and civic groups about corporate ethics. He became sought after as an expert in forensic engineering.” (Web, Martin). Even though neither of these two memos succeeded in preventing the accidents one of them was written in a more professional manner then the other one.

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Boisjoly wrote a memo in July 1985 to his superiors concerning the faulty design of the solid rocket boosters that, if left unaddressed, could lead to a catastrophic event during launch of a Space Shuttle. Such a catastrophic event did occur less than a year later resulting in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. (Web, Wikipedia) The memo was written professional it was...
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