This reminiscence is a celebration of my good fortune in family, biological and scientific. The biological family into which I was born gave me a strong start, although not entirely in the direction I took. I swerved from an anticipated career in medical practice into continuing delight in those who became my scientific family in microbiology. The families changed, yet they continued to give me strength and inspiration. In my youth, I was gently guided by mentors who gave me freedom to explore where curiosity beckoned. I hope I repaid this gift to my laboratory colleagues who enlightened me over the years. I learned much from my students, and my horizons were extended by industrial scientists. It has been my particular good fortune to learn the workings of microorganisms and microbiologists as editor of for a decade, as editor-in-chief of for a decade, and as editor of for a quarter of a century.


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