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|This robot was unveiled at the Columbian Exhibition in 1893.
1. What was its name?
2. Who is supposedly the man to the right of it?
3. Cite two of its famous adventures.
|Many thanks to Mike Dalton for submitting this photo.
2. Teddy Roosevelt, leading the charge up San Juan Hill with his Rough Riders
3. There are many, including:
Circumnavigation of the globe
Expedition to Antarctica
Participated in the charge up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt
Japanese Russian War
Member of Major Whittlesey's Lost Battalion in WWI
Saved Pancho Villa's Life
See www.bigredhair.com/boilerplate.html for more.
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Robert Edward McKenna, QPL
|THE HEROIC ROBOT
Inventor, Archibald Campion named his robot "Boilerplate."
It has been credited with many acts of daring-do.
With Teddy Roosevelt (pictured) used its skills to help,
Save lives of Spanish-American soldiers in the crew.
Numerous actions of military merit were recorded.
While In Mexico, observed to save Poncho Villas life.
Also Boilerplate trapped in the siege of Port Arthur ,
Relived months later as the Russians ended the strife.
The demise of Boilerplate occurred in Wold War I.
As General Pershing used Boilerplate in a new vain.
Participating in the disastrous Battle of "The Lost Battalion,"
No pieces of Boilerplate were ever found again.
Robert Edward McKenna
Quiz Poet Laureate
Boilerplate has appeared again
He's been in featured news
No one is sure of where he's been
But it's known he's been re-fused.
He may be our next US President
He's a potential candidate.
He appeals to conservs who want a vet,
Someone they'd highly rate.
He also appeals to the younger types
The reason will astound
It's not their need for leadership-
It's his heavy metal sound.
Understudy to Quiz Poet Laureate
Robert Edward McKenna
|How Anne Solved the Puzzle
|The photo seemed familiar and I recognized Teddy
Roosevelt in the middle. It didn't take long to find the real
photo of T.R. and the Rough Riders standing atop San Juan
Hill in Cuba. But there was no robot!
Next step, search google images for "Rough Riders" and
"Robot". Once again - "Boilerplate, the robot" appeared with
a link to a website that described Boilerplate and his heroic
exploits after being unveiled in 1893. But, my instincts told
me this was a fake!
I found the explanation I was looking for in Wikipedia -
Boilerplate was created by a guy in Oregon in 2000 to be
used in a comic book or novel. He made up a fictional
"history" and put it on the faux website and people believed it!
The "exploits" include taking San Juan Hill with Teddy
Roosevelt's Rough Riders; fighting along side Pancho Villa;
WWI and WWII heroics.
|The Inadvertent Plagiarist:
Chris Elliott Meets Boilerplate
November 1, 2005
Read about Chris Elliot's inadvertent use of Boilerplate as a
character in his book
The Shroud of the Thwacker.
|Love Steampunk? How about robots? And what about fictions pretending to be reality?
If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you're likely to love the heck out
of Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, out from
Abrams Books in October. Abrams was kind enough to send me a preview of the book,
in unbound form, and it's spectacular. The creators of Boilerplate have meticulously
inserted the robot into various phases of twentieth-century history, weaving his story
into our own. The book expands on the original online avatar of Boilerplate.
A lovely foreword sets Boilerplate up as "the world's first robot soldier," created by
Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 to prevent "the deaths of men in the conflicts of
nations." Since then, Boilerplate has "charged into combat alongside such notables as
Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia." Not only that, he's traveled to the South
Pole, "saved Pancho Villa's life," made silent movies, and "hobnobbed with the likes of
Mark Twain and Tesla." The book purports to tell the story of Boilerplate as "one of
history's great enigmas, a technological breakthrough that languished in obscurity," until
History's Mechanical Marvel
History's Mechanical Marvel
by Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett
Hardcover: 168 pages
Abrams Image (October 1, 2009)
Available for pre-order from Amazon
|Review by Jeff Vandermeer
April 29, 2009
|Boilerplate with Pancho Villa
near Guerrero, Mexico
March 27, 1916
|The Shroud of the Thwacker
by Chris Elliott
Buy Now from Barnes and Nobel
|Our quiz photo was drawn
from an article "Victorian
robot is a history emcee" by
Randall Barton that appeared
in the Portland Tribune on
January 22, 2009. You can
read the article at
|A Sample of Boilerplate's Remarkable Adventures
|Remark from the Quizmaster General
Height: 6' 6"
|Comment from Quizmaster Marilyn Hamill
|I had doubted the existence of Archibald Campion, too, but
then I found this among all the detrita: In 1894, The Euterpe
was chartered by explorer Archibald Campion for his polar
expedition, because of the ship's iron hull, and because the
ship had both crew quarters and cargo holds. Interestingly,
Archibald brought along his own invention, an electric motor
with a variety of interesting attachments, which allowed the
crew to power the ship through the ice, and also provided light
and heat. This is the only reference I have found for this man
on the web.