A story from Yo Wackerman
When I came to work at SLAC in 1994, it was not my first time on these grounds. I used to accompany my father, Andy Crabtree, when he worked here back in the early 60's. I was a young teenager then, and the road leading off Sand Hill was dirt. When I told my dad I was coming to work at SLAC he was quite pleased. He had been one of Pief's students, and later went to work at Hansen Labs and then on Project M, which turned into SLAC. He always treasured those early years of working at this special place and I knew that my dad greatly admired Pief. One day, after I'd worked here about a year, I saw Pief outside his office in the Central Lab. I approached him a bit timidly; although he was a small man he was like a giant in my mind. I told him who I was, and asked him if he remembered my father who had worked for him, at that time, 30+ years ago. Pief looked at me kindly and said, "Yes, I do remember Andy!" Later, when I told my dad of my conversation, we both marvelled at Pief's amazing memory. Whenever I would see Pief again after that, I felt a special connection to the man.
- Yo Wackerman