Dr. Schiewe defined "Cool".
In the 80's, a team of Bldg 130 scientists and wannabe scientists, built a mock up of SLC6, the ultimately scuttled and resurrected, west coast shuttle launch site. http://www.fas.org/spp/military/program/launch/sts_slc-6.htm
James Whittier, PhD. was the principal investigator. The problem was: Did the Air Force know the concentration of H2 to O2 in the event of a launch abort. It was concluded in a short time, that were there to be a shuttle motor shut down on SLC6, that the Hydrogen would have it's way with the launch vehicle. Dr. Whittier determined the only solution would be to dump huge quantities of carbon dioxide into the explosive mixtures. We performed many many tests in which huge quantities of C02 was injected into the 1/7th scale mock up shuttle pad. The liquid carbon dioxide would turn to solid once it achieved the proper pressure. The result was enormous clouds of Carbon Dioxide. Typically we could generate a 100 x 30 meters of dense CO2. Dr. Schiewe, on a Saturday decided to come and see what the whacky Bldg 130 Mechanics research people were up to... Accompanied by Dick Allman and I believe Richard Hartunian, the three strolled up, looking as if they were ready for a party on Park Avenue. Dr. Schiewe was the man's man when it came to clothing. I always thought.. " I wish I looked that good in a suit.." Dr, Schiewe was wearing a Black pinstripe with a pair of very dapper, black wingtips. Dick Allman was wearing his customary gray suit and looking quite GQ himself.. but he was no Jack Schiewe. They had come to see the the CO2 cloud. We set up the apparatus and were preparing to flow liquid CO2 into the duct, when I notice that Dr. Schiewe and Richard Allman were directly in the path the the exhaust. I shouted to Dr. Whittier, "JIM, Jack should not be standing there!!!" Dr. Whittier gave me his typical, "You should be quiet now Gary, look".. and I did so accordingly. The test run commenced! Dr. Schiewe and Dick Allman in the direct path of the CO2 CLOUD! Within 3 seconds all three were engulfed by the billowy ice cloud! "Please Lord, Tim and I are the only one's who know CPR here~ I'll Take Allman" There will be hell to pay on Monday.. "God, Jim why did you let them stand there?" The cloud began to disperse, and out of the snowy netherworld, appeared Dr. Schiewe and then Dick Allman. Jack's beautiful goatee was now a crystalline feature, looking much like a scene from a Burl Ives Christmas movie. His wingtips were frosted over and his impeccable black suit was now an icy gray. Our team stood there in silence. Jack and Dick stood there about 2.5 seconds. Dr. Schiewe gave a subdued, semi-nod of approval and the three walked off, back to the main building. Dr. Schiewe could take the heat, and lack there of. I always thought..."That is a man you would want to call your friend. A man I would aspire to be like." My old girlfriend, now a division manager at Circle A, and I would always quip, "You don't know Jack Schiewe", when one of us thought the other was suffering from a lack of knowledge. It was implied that once you knew Jack Schiewe, then, and only then would you be prepared to face the harsh realities of science. I knew Jack Schiewe, the gentleman scientist with elegant stature beyond his physical girth.