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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Blast from the Past

This article was a surprise for me today, not because the crooked CEO wouldn't eat his own peanut butter, but because one of the labs that found the salmonella is Deibel Labs.

Dr Robert Deibel was my microbiology professor back in the dark ages when I was in grad school. The funny thing was that most of what I now remember about salmonella was from his class. One of the hardest classes I ever took too but very interesting.

I loved when he read the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Fridays and would comment on the various diseases. I learned almost everything I know about bubonic plague from him too. I still call the report the M&M too.

Also, you know when you drop your dishtowel on the floor and it looks clean? It isn't. Dr. Deibel hates dishtowels - I used that as an excuse to drip dry dishes for years. I don't now but I really only hand wash pots that'll be heated up anyway.

So give it to him Dr. Deibel! Too bad he probably won't be the one testifying - he has a true gift for sarcasm that is really called for in this case.


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