Friday, December 10, 2010

The Franklin Institute: Does the Ability to Recall a Trivial Fact from the Past Have Significance?

During the period July 1970 to June 1979 I was employed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  One of my coworkers during the period 1975 to 1979 was an individual named Elena Saboe.

I can recall that during the summer of 1975, thirty-five years ago, Elena Saboe acquired two kittens, which she named Gemini and Luther.  She said that Martin Luther was one of her husband's heroes.  I am not a cat-lover.

Does my recollection of a trivial fact about a coworker signify anything?  I wonder.

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

I worked with an individual named Elena P. Saboe at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia from 1975 to 1979. The following is a letter of recommendation that Elena Saboe wrote in 1979.

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April 24, 1979

To whom it may concern:

This is to serve as a letter of recommendation for Gary Freedman. Mr. Freedman and I worked together at the Franklin Institute from January, 1976 until January, 1979. During this time I was managing editor of Biological Effects of Nonionizing Electromagnetic Radiation, and Mr. Freedman assisted me with the abstracting, editing, and proofreading, and layout of the journal. Because we worked together on the daily production activities of the journal, I am familiar with Mr. Freedman's abilities.

Mr. Freedman is an intelligent, creative, and capable person who undertakes and completes all projects in a professional and conscientious manner. He is thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the publication process. As a writer and abstractor, he is able to write clear, concise abstracts and news articles while taking care that the tone of the writing not distort the original ideas. He has a critical eye for detail that makes his editing and proofreading skills extremely accurate. His strong sense of graphic design is an asset in journal layout. Mr. Freedman is conscious of deadlines and will work with little or no supervision to produce good final copy.

In addition, Mr. Freedman's spirit of cooperation and his easy manner make him enjoyable to work with. I know he will bring a sense of dedication to any job he undertakes.

I will be happy to provide additional information that may be needed.

Sincerely yours,

Elena P. Saboe
Documentation Coordinator