First indoor movieEdit
The first movie I saw that was not at a drive-in was maybe in Ridgewood, New Jersey. My dad took me to see Robbery by director Peter Yates in 1967. I was nine years old and was amazed that we were going to a movie and it was still light outside. We walked into a building, I thought we were just going there to get a snack. It was amazing to me, even though the movie was not that memorable. I only remember a train conductor getting hit in the head and the robbers throwing bags of cash off the train.
Lunch with Oliver Sacks in 2003Edit
The author and neurologist Oliver Sacks turned 80 on July 9, 2013. I got to meet him at the American Chemical Society meeting in 2003. He was promoting his book, Uncle Tungsten, that had been published in 2001. People were waiting in line for 30 minutes to get a book signed and chat for 30 seconds. I had a better strategy, I hung out with and chatted with his personal assistant. Her job was to keep him on schedule and make sure he had his Sharpies at hand. You would buy the book at the front of the line, wait, and then hand it to him to sign as he sat at his table. When it was time for his lunch break she introduced him to me and he asked if I wanted to join them to walk around and look at the exhibits. We walked around and chatted about chemistry and we collected lots of trade show swag that exhibitors were eager to give him. I told him that my girlfriend (now wife) was at the neurology unit of Bayley Seton Hospital in New York City, he had started his career at the neurology unit of Beth Abraham Hospital in New York City. He said 'I hope she is there as a physician and not a patient.' We got to spend an hour together and I did not have to buy a book, but now I wish I had bought a copy for him to sign.