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Meeting Father Time

John Bonner - Scientist

One other story about Woods Hole, which I find quite remarkable, there's a place you can walk along sort of a peninsula, which has a little curlique thing at the end, and this is called Penzance Point. And so I took my father for a walk out there. It was a very pleasant walk. And at the end there was a big house, which belonged to Dr Warbasse from Brooklyn, who was an obstetrician, much retired. And you could walk around his house if you stayed on the path; there was a very nice sign saying, please enjoy the walk. And just as we came into his place, there he was himself with a long, long beard, and leaning on a scythe - he was cutting, mowing the lawn, or hay. And he looked… all you needed was an hourglass, and it would've been Father Time. And so I didn't know what to do or say. So I said to him, I said, 'I want to thank you for allowing us to go on your path'. And then, I thought, my father was there. I said, 'Well, I'd like you to meet my father, Paul Bonner'. And he looked at my father and he said, 'Are you from Brooklyn?' And my father said, 'Yes'. And he said, 'Was your mother's name Theodora?' 'Yes'. 'I delivered her', which I thought was definitely a coup de grace.

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