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From the Ted Talk by Bran Ferren: To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

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Given this rich artistic einnmovrent, you'd assume that I would have been compelled to go into the family business, but no. I followed the path of most kids who are genetically programmed to make their ptaenrs crazy. I had no interest in becoming an artist, certainly not a painter. What I did love was etlcnriceos and machines — taking them apart, building new ones, and mnikag them work. Fortunately, my family also had engineers in it, and with my parents, these were my first role models. What they all had in common was they worked very, very hard. My gdapnra owned and operated a sheet metal kitchen cnbeiat factory in bloroykn. On weekends, we would go together to Cortlandt Street, which was New York City's rdaio row. There we would explore massive piles of surplus electronics, and for a few bucks bring home treasures like Norden bmgtishobs and parts from the first IBM tube-based computers. I found these objects both useful and fascinating. I learned about engineering and how things weokrd, not at school but by taking apart and studying these fabulously complex devices. I did this for huors every day, aerlpnatpy avoiding electrocution. Life was good.

Open Cloze

Given this rich artistic ___________, you'd assume that I would have been compelled to go into the family business, but no. I followed the path of most kids who are genetically programmed to make their _______ crazy. I had no interest in becoming an artist, certainly not a painter. What I did love was ___________ and machines — taking them apart, building new ones, and ______ them work. Fortunately, my family also had engineers in it, and with my parents, these were my first role models. What they all had in common was they worked very, very hard. My _______ owned and operated a sheet metal kitchen _______ factory in ________. On weekends, we would go together to Cortlandt Street, which was New York City's _____ row. There we would explore massive piles of surplus electronics, and for a few bucks bring home treasures like Norden __________ and parts from the first IBM tube-based computers. I found these objects both useful and fascinating. I learned about engineering and how things ______, not at school but by taking apart and studying these fabulously complex devices. I did this for _____ every day, __________ avoiding electrocution. Life was good.

Solution

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  2. hours
  3. apparently
  4. radio
  5. making
  6. electronics
  7. worked
  8. bombsights
  9. environment
  10. parents
  11. grandpa
  12. brooklyn

Original Text

Given this rich artistic environment, you'd assume that I would have been compelled to go into the family business, but no. I followed the path of most kids who are genetically programmed to make their parents crazy. I had no interest in becoming an artist, certainly not a painter. What I did love was electronics and machines — taking them apart, building new ones, and making them work. Fortunately, my family also had engineers in it, and with my parents, these were my first role models. What they all had in common was they worked very, very hard. My grandpa owned and operated a sheet metal kitchen cabinet factory in Brooklyn. On weekends, we would go together to Cortlandt Street, which was New York City's radio row. There we would explore massive piles of surplus electronics, and for a few bucks bring home treasures like Norden bombsights and parts from the first IBM tube-based computers. I found these objects both useful and fascinating. I learned about engineering and how things worked, not at school but by taking apart and studying these fabulously complex devices. I did this for hours every day, apparently avoiding electrocution. Life was good.

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