00:02:19 - 00:04:05 Knowledge
knowledge, Forest Products Laboratory, crystallography, early years, expectations, stories
So, you hadn't heard of the Forest Products Lab?
And do you know how they found you?
Yeah. At Cornell they gave people who were graduating and post-docs who were nearing the end of their term, they arranged for a list of these people and their specialties. They wanted to start a program in x-ray crystallography here, on cellulose. And that's what I fit into because I was doing x-ray work at the time.
Great. So, would you like to tell us a little bit about, maybe your first day at the Lab? What your expectations were.
Well, the first visit I came, it was St. Patrick's Day, in 1965. And in those days, that was like now, "March Madness." The state tournament was going on, and we had 15 inches of snow, and I lost my hotel room because it was booked. [Chuckles] It was a real mess. The Lab closed down, in fact, and so did the University, and that's sort of rare for that to happen. So, I came back the next day---I stayed overnight in a motel way out in Middleton someplace. And the next day I came back for my lecture and job interviews.