Growing up in Los Alamos, a visit to -- or from -- the Ulams was always a high point. All coversation suddenly became brighter and more exciting. They seemed to live on a higher plane. Later, as an adult, any visit I took back to Santa Fe that also included a chat with Francoise became special. She was always engaged and passionate, whether it was about a new artist, the stock market, or politics. My condolences to all of those who loved her.