My final yellow flower photos. I noticed this yellow hibuscus plant on my garden roof. This is the state flower of Hawaii.Oh, before continuing with Chapter 2 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Humanity on Eternal Life, why not another look at Susan Boyle who last night came in at #2. Click on:
One can logically conclude that planning your life in a cohesive and purposeful manner should optimize success. My life, conversely, mostly appears to resemble Brownian Movement adventures of a misguided soul. However, whether it was pure luck or genius, just by focusing on the search for the ultimate technology, a few good things happened.
In the 1970’s I virtually stumbled unto hydrogen at that first Miami gathering of the Hydrogen Romantics, jumped to NASA’s Project Orion (which will lead to Chapter 4 on SETI) associating me to Carl Sagan, skipped over to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to work for Edward Teller, and then on to Washington, D.C. to become U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga’s Special Assistant on Energy. All this occurred in less than a decade. In the early ‘80’s, Paul Yuen and I invented the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research, which was described in the Blue Revolution chapter of Book 1, paving the way for what to me had the potential to be the greatest research program brought to the University of Hawaii, the National Science Foundation Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center (MarBEC), for the sum of money I set aside in the middle to late ‘80’s to develop biological techniques to produce the ultimate form of energy from the sea, drew to Hawaii the individuals who became the prime supporters of the Center.
In this period from the 80’s into the 90’s, our attempts to secure an NSF Engineering Center failed every time. We were very close in the early 90’s, for we gained a site visit. All of this was written about in Book 1.
A year later, in 1993, I visited NSF and they said, why don’t you focus on one area of ocean technology. That’s it! No one at NSF suggested that we hire Oskar Zaborsky, for this input came from Neil Rossmeissl, the hydrogen program manager from the U.S. Department of Energy.
But selecting marine biotechnology was not a slam dunk certainty that we could prevail at the national level. The University of Hawaii had a chemistry department which was recognized as a pioneer in natural marine products, but the College of Engineering, which had to spearhead the effort, did not have even one person who researched this area.
Credibility comes from performance, not necessarily producing anything all that useful, but garnering the dollars to do the work. Mind you, a Nobel Prize and pathfinding results are worth more, but very little of what most university researchers produce is recognized in current time as all that important. It is the compounding of effort, over years of toil that someday brings worth. In the meantime, you teach, educate students, publish and get more grants. Thus, by the mid ‘90’s all the ingredients were in place for something I began to refer to as the M Curse.
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