Thrill Last Week

I have met a lot of celebrities...mostly Nobel laureates...

Hans Bethe, Jim Cronin, Sam Ting, Burt Richter, Art Schallow, Bob Hofstadter, Martin Perl, Steve Chu, Horst Stormer, Carlo Rubbia.

Last week I ran into Rep. Henry Waxman outside the Rayburn Office Bldg on Capitol Hill.  I walked toward him and shook his hand and expressed what an honor and a pleasure it was to meet him.  His initial reaction was one like a deer in the headlights...I guess when a stranger walks to you purposefully you are never quite sure whatthey might be up to.


fizprof fizprof
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1 Response Jun 24, 2009

Where did you meet Hans Bethe, if I may ask -- at Cornell?

a couple of times at the old Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility (LAMPF -- now LANSCE). He was there on both occasions to discuss the solar neutrino problem with the local theorists.
Another time, I was in the hotel room next to his during the 1990 APS Spring Meeting in Washington DC.