I am in the process of jotting down more memories I have with Bob, and I have such fond memories of him. One general thing I can say now... I first had the great pleasure of meeting your father in January of '91, in a creative writing class. I remember him being instrumental in approving me for the program. He was always the most encouraging person, would provide excellent constructive criticism, very detailed and timely in his feedback, kind as ever, and yet... in class -- and I had him for at least three courses as I recall -- the gloves would come off and he'd hit you as hard as a heavyweight fighter, and he was, as you know, in the heavyweight division, and sometimes it stung you, but it always helped. And you couldn't be anything but thankful for the grilling you received, ever so tactfully but with precision and without apology. He made me a better writer all the way around. Many memories flow from this, both in and out of the classroom. The last time I saw Bob was at his retirement party at Prof. Bontly's home (I think that's where it was...). He told me several times if I ever came up to Maine to come and visit, but somehow we never made it there, and that makes me sad. You sent me such a nice email this past week, and I was going to respond this weekend, but I must have accidentally deleted the email, or my wife did, I don't know. This is my only hope for reconnecting with you, because I would like to write back. Could you please resend the email you sent me? It was such a nice email! So sorry for any inconvenience....
Hope to talk soon.