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Funny stories from Altshuller's life
(Narrative of the life of Genrich Altshuller, Part 6)

Y. B. Karasik
Thoughts Guiding Systems Corp.,
Ottawa, Canada.
e-mail:karasik@sympatico.ca

The full version of the first paper on TRIZ

- In 1956 I was already 30 years old but still an impudent fellow, - Altshuller once jokingly said me, - In the introduction to our first paper on TRIZ I wrote that all so far 'observations' of psychologists are as relevant as Lilliputians' descriptions of Gulliver's things:

The paper was sent for review to a clever man, Prof. Rubinstein, - Altshuller said, - and he just cossed over the introduction and permitted publication of the rest. Rubinstein was the only psychologist of whom Altshuller spoke fondly.

The athmosphere of studiousness and tobacco smoke

After submitting one of his first sci-fi manuscripts to a Moscow publisher, he got a wire: "Come to Moscow to discuss your manuscript in the athmosphere of studiousness and tobacco smoke." All the way down to Moscow Altshuller was guessing what "the athmosphere of studiousness" could mean and what were they going to "teach" him. But when he arrived in the editorial office he discovered that "the athmosphere of studiousness" meant drinking Cognac with the editor and "tobacco smoke" was just tobacco smoke.

The shortest explanation of Freud's theory

Altshuller and Shapiro talked to the audience at an R&D institution in the 1950s. Shapiro referred to Freud, who was practically unknown to most people in the USSR at that time. The audience did not get him.

- What, don't you know what Freud's theory is about ? - Shapiro asked. - I'll explain you. It is very simple. Marx said that labour made the man, but Freud said that sex made the man. The both are right, to a degree.