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Interview #913: Youngs, Robert L. (June, 2009)

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00:47:50 - 00:50:20 Stories

stories; Pulaski, VA; Madison (Wis.); ice fishing

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00:47:50

BW

Sure. Do you have any other stories or memories or comments that you'd like to make?

BY

Well, it probably doesn't relate to the Lab directly. I probably could think of some more, but when we first went there, I said I'd been working in Pulaski, Virginia, right near where I am now, and it was in January, and my wife and small child and I went, drove up to Madison in January. And shortly after we got there the temperature dropped to thirty below zero and our car froze up. And in the process of heating the baby's bottle we cracked the mirror in the hotel. And we had several adventures in Madison. But then I remember - oh what was his name? I can't think of the person's name right now, who was a distinguished researcher - if I had more time I could think of it, maybe I will. He'd been there a long time before I got there, and he used to go fishing in the ice, through the ice out on Lake Mendota and one of his tricks was to fish through the ice and catch some fish in the middle of the winter and they would be frozen. He'd come into the Lab over the weekend and leave them in people's wastebaskets. They would come in Monday morning and would find their place reeking with fish.

BW

Do you have anything else you'd like to discuss?

BY

I don't know there's much more I can add.

BW

Sure, no this is all really good. I appreciate your time.

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