Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 21:20:38 -0400 From: Fred Shapiro Subject: Re: Great Wigwam; Murphy's and Rawson's UNWRITTEN LAWS > The U. S. Navy's MURPHY'S LAW training film in 1957 is clear, but the > 1949 story puzzles me. Supposedly, Captain Edward A. Murphy, Jr. worked > under Colonel John P. Stapp at Edwards Air Force Base; Murphy screwed in > things the wrong way. The original law was that if there are two ways of > doing something (right and wrong), someone will do it the wrong way. > Check the HDAS H-O 1957 citation from the Tamony Collection. Peter > Tamony (in nearby San Francisco) was a master at collecting Americanisms. > How could "Murphy's Law" have completely escaped him for eight years? And Note that the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs documents 1955 and 1956 citations for _Murphy's Law_. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fred R. Shapiro Coeditor (with Jane Garry) Associate Librarian for Public Services TRIAL AND ERROR: AN OXFORD and Lecturer in Legal Research ANTHOLOGY OF LEGAL STORIES Yale Law School Oxford University Press, 1997 e-mail: fred.shapiro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ISBN 0-19-509547-2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------