The best thing about my years at U.S. Steel are the life-long friends I made. Bert was one of these friends. Bert was one of a kind. He was smart, funny, humble, religious, kind, thoughtful, diplomatic, knowledgeable, a great sense of humor, and I'm thankful to say, he was my mentor for 17 years when we both worked together at U.S. Steel. I started working there at only 18, and I cannot tell you how many times I stopped at his desk to ask a company question and ended up talking with him about something else. I was amazed how many things he knew. Subjects we talked about ranged from his childhood, and how he felt when World War II started while living in Washington State to his children; what they were doing, and how they were doing. It was always very evident how much he loved his family. We talked about politics (in a calm way), including elections and candidates, religion (also in a calm way), jokes, and laughed about almost everything. Bert always had a positive outlook and a great sense of humor. We covered a huge scope of subjects in those 17 years. Once we talked about the apartment he was living in (in July), and how his live Christmas tree was still decorated in his living room. I remember asking if it was just a lot of empty branches with ornaments and lights. We had a big laugh about this silly Christmas tree. When U.S. Steel closed the Salt Lake office in 1984, we lost track of each other. I knew he was happily married to Margaret. We had talked about her before the office closed. I knew he and Margaret had taken some wonderful trips, which they both enjoyed, and I knew the last 30 years were good for him. I talked to him on the telephone a few times and kept in contact with him through mutual friends. During these years, I thought of him often and remembered our many talks. In 1986 when new neighbors moved in next door to us, a family named Barton with three sons, we were surprised to learn our new neighbors were Bert's oldest daughter, Linda, and her husband, Eric. A small world, indeed. I shall always remember Bert with admiration, a deep friendship, and my friend during the 17 years we worked together and all the years since. Our condolences to Margaret, and Bert's family. You have lost a good husband, father, and grandfather and the rest of us have lost a good friend we shall never forget and can never replace.