I never imagined that I would be asked to write an autobiography in a microbiology tome. For that matter, little did I think that I would consider microbiology the most intriguing subject in the life sciences and the only field I wanted to study. My formal scientific training was in chemistry. This is a recounting of my conversion and the opportunities I have had to work in the microbial sciences with some of the major figures (and characters) during a period of marvelous intensity and productivity. I want to recognize and thank my many distinguished colleagues for the ways in which they have helped me to experience a fruitful and stimulating life as a microbiologist.


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