Saturday, January 21, 2012

Conversations with Henry

[after a particularly tense group meeting at the start-up]

Me: Man, he about took my head off in there. I had to push back like that.

Henry: Well, don't take it too personally. He knows what he's doing. It's for the better.

Me: How so? He made me feel like crap.

Henry: When I was a grad student over at Berkeley, grown men--professors--used to curse and shout at each other over their ideas.  It was a downright mean and nasty to watch.

Me: Do you think some of that had do to G. N. Lewis?  He was still in charge then wasn't he?

Henry:  Lewis was like that, yeah. The thing is that after all that screaming and yelling over what they thought were so very important ideas--the same guys would always simmer down and go out for beers afterwards.

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