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Interview #920: McDonald, Kent A. (June, 2009)

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00:10:01 - 00:11:56 Typical Day

typical day, Timber Growth and Utilization Relations, Wood Quality Research

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LB

Yeah. So what was a typical day like, then, for you? Or was there a typical day?

KM

I would say there wasn't a typical day. And for the most part [we] were given general [research direction and we] established what [we] wanted to work, an area you wanted to [do], and area [we] wanted to work in, and it was up to [us] to see to it that [a] project moved forward. And so it was a good job. Nobody was saying, today you're going to test these specimens and tomorrow you're going to do this and the next day we're going to the field and so forth. It was a matter of [deciding how] to get from point A to point B and [to design the research project]. And then you would establish a program, get permission, [and] if it made sense, [get support] from the division chief at that time. And usually we had good support from the division chief, so it was a good job.

LB

And what division was it, specifically?

KM

To start out with the first summer, [it] was TGUR, Timber Growth and Utilization Relations. Typical government, wanted to have name changes, to keep people off guard I guess, and they changed it to Wood Quality Research, WQR.

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