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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #912: Setterholm, Vance C. (June, 2009)

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00:39:57 - 00:42:15 Perception

perception, Forest Service, open house

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BW

Were you able to see how, while you worked at Forest Products Labs, what the public perception of the Forest Service was, and if that changed at all?

VS

[Public perception of] the Forest Service? Well, we had, I think they still do an open house every year. And each scientist would - it was [held on a] weekend - and you volunteered your time for that open house. We'd get the Madison people in then. But except for that time - which was a very good experience - the laboratory was filled with people watching the paper machines running, and the wood people were breaking beams. The paper machine always was a big draw, and everybody was there doing his thing. But oddly enough I always thought that these people in Madison really never realized what was going on in their back yard. How much international and national contacts were being made by the scientists.

BW

So, I'm going to ask a couple questions about after your career at Forest Products Labs. Why did you and when did you decide to retire from Forest Products Labs?

VS

Oh, that's a good question. You mean the beginning days?

BW

I'm sorry -

VS

You're asking about the origins of the Forest Products Laboratory?

BW

Oh no, actually I was asking about your decision to retire from Forest Products Labs.

VS

Oh -

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