My husband, Michael,
our son, Ben & I, Berger’s son, Leland, daughter-in-law, Lynn, and grandkids, Peter, & Eleanor went with Berger to the Okefenokee Swamp in April, 2007. Now, we were in South Georgia, in a spot bordering Florida. But it was unseasonably COLD, COLD, COLD! We woke up in our tents to 26°F, wind blowing, Blasticidin S cost and whistling around us. Berger at this time was 87, almost 88. None of us younger folks wanted to rouse from our sleeping bags or tents in this blustery weather. So, here was Berger, 87 year old, at 7am, up and at the picnic table, starting the Coleman stove to make the coffee! You know, he always did have a way of putting you in your place,….. as if to say, “You wimps!” Importance of trying to make a difference, trying to improve the lives of others: The “annual reports” we received yearly from Berger & Yolie were a testimony to
their active, and meaningful lives. A special treat was receiving The “Liberian Lines” while they were in the Peace Corps. Here are some of my favorite Bergerisms: “Things are tough all over.” “This thing suffers from improvement” “I’d like to get my hands on the engineer who designed this thing!” “The price of gas just isn’t high enough yet, is it?” “Oh Drat!” In closing, I want to share a quote from Ashley Montague, “The goal is to die young….as late as possible.” Berger did that, and showed us all how. And lastly, my mental picture of Berger: Standing there, peering through his glasses, with his classic white goatee and a sly smile, his hands in his pockets. We end this tribute with a picture of Berger Mayne that many of us would want to remember P-gp inhibitor him with, a jovial and thoughtful friend (see Fig. 2). Acknowledgments The authors give special thanks to Bill Outlaw for sharing his memories of a great scientist and friend, and to Jerry Peters for critical reading of the manuscript and for his valuable suggestions. References Ables FB, Brown AH, Mayne BC (1961) Stimulation of the Hill
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