Schmied (B.S. in chemical engineering, Speed Scientific School, 1932; M.A. in chemistry, 1933) discusses his parents, who immigrated from Switzerland to Kentucky; growing up in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood of Louisville; studying at the Speed School; and later working as an engineer and executive for Reynolds Aluminum in Louisville, Kentucky, and Richmond, Virginia, Cochran Foil in Louisville, and Anaconda Aluminum in Louisville. Special subjects include Dean B.M. Brigman, Professor R.C. Ernst, and the cooperative program through which Speed School stresses practical experience in industry.