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According to Dawson himself, his art was influenced by his engineering and mathematics courses, and his early paintings "were based on coordinates and curves suggested by parabolas, hyperbolas and circles" so familiar to engineering students. (Other schools interested in hosting the exhibit might wish to contact Ploog at randyp@psu.edu.) I also learned from Ploog that Gelett Burgess (1866-1951), famous for the nonsense verse about a purple cow ("I never saw a purple cow / I nev- er hope to see one / But I can tell you, anyhow / I'd rather see than be one.") was also educated as a civil engineer.

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