I’ve published a few papers and articles through the years. One of my favorites was a short piece of technical correspondence in the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society called A New Set of Vented Loudspeaker Alignments. The paper describes a class of filter functions made up of cascaded two-pole functions with the same resonance frequency and how they can be applied to loudspeaker system design. The result is a single peak in the frequency response. I facetiously named the class of loudspeaker alignments BB4 for fourth-order boom box.
The day my copy of the Journal with my paper came in the mail, I got a phone call from a friend who was a professor of electrical engineering. He let me know that I had just published the meat of one of his graduate student’s proposed master’s thesis, and that the guy was having to start his research all over.
It had been a couple of afternoons’ part-time work for me.
BTW, I was a member of the Editorial Review Board of the JAES back in the ’70s.