In 30 years of editing and writing, you must have had a favorite story. What was it?
Well, certainly the most memorable one involved turkey poop. The head of our group at the time ran the hills of the Lab every morning and one day slipped on turkey poop, so they felt everyone at the Lab should be warned of this hazard via a TABL article. I remember thinking “Well, THIS is a good use of my journalism degree!” But seriously, my favorite stories were the profiles of our wonderful employees.
Can you tell us more about performing in a Lab band?
I always loved singing, but was told by our fifth grade choir teacher that I didn’t have a good voice. So I kept my singing to myself for the next 40 years. Then I saw an ad in the old Flea Market that one of the Lab bands was looking for a lead singer. Having just turned 50, figured what do I have to lose? Turns out, my voice is decent, so they hired me. We rehearsed in Bldg. 61 during lunch with the doors open, entertaining those who walked by. We performed at the Runaround, Facilities BBQs, and the Summer Concert Series.
What are you going to miss about the Lab?
I am very proud to say I worked for the Lab and often remind my friends and family what a great return they are getting for their taxpayer dollars. The work produced here is just astounding, but it couldn’t happen without our incredibly talented scientists and the people who support the Lab’s research mission. Sharing these stories with our fellow employees and members of the public has been hugely rewarding.