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El Jefe

You're right -- the little dude to the right is hiding his stash of Dizzy Gillespie records in the den of his ranch-style bungalow. One of my favorite stories about my mother -- a math whiz (who passed it on to my non-zero number of daughters) who taught statistical methods her whole career in Poli Sci and who might have been a "pure" mathematician had some things gone differently (including meeting my father on the University of Florida campus in the fall of '61) is this. When she arrived at UF the math department had just hired a high-flyer from MIT to come down and be the new star of the department. He was teaching integral calculus -- a wash-out course for engineers -- to a room full of the younger versions of those guys when my mother walks into the room (calf-length skirts were still a required uniform for female students at Florida in those days.) The sight of a female in their classroom discomfited them. The MIT prof knew better. By the end of the semester he had Mom tutoring half the class to get them through the course.

El Jefe

Another quick six-degrees story. My oldest friend's husband is the point of connection -- his father served several years in the late Sixties on the USS Benjamin Franklin, one of the boomers whose core Pop and the softball team probably helped build. Life all comes around in the end.

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