Where was Waldo... - Field Book Project

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Monday, 05 December 2011


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David Damkaer

I am so pleased to see that Waldo Schmitt is still appreciated. “A fascinating figure,” you say. You have no idea! He was my professor’s professor, and ended being my good friend. His friends of yore became my friends, also, and I felt that I knew them all. He was, you know, the last Naturalist on the Albatross (he was 18 years old when he started there). He was one of those rare people who treated you like the most important person in the world, always excited to see you, and he dropped everything when you came in. I wish I could talk to him again for I finally realized what the right questions would be. Vivat Waldo!! PS-- President Roosevelt himself invited Schmitt on the “Presidential Cruise.” He said, “Dr. Schmitt, I know we are going to have a good time.” [I treasure one of Schmitt’s lucite crab key-chains–- see the back of the dust-jacket for Blackwelder’s book on Waldo.]


Fantastic! Another inspiring post on an exceptional character.

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