Burton Richter Story
Burt was largely responsible for the way my career developed. When I was nearing the end of my postdoc position at UC Riverside in 1989 (working at SLAC on TPC/Two-Gamma), I could have accepted an offer I received from Argonne to work on the Zeus experiment at HERA. When Marvin Weinstein mentioned my likely departure, Burt called me into his office and made me an offer I couldn't refuse: take a position at SLAC in the computer department and spend half my time supporting SLAC's increasing number of Commodore Amiga computers (including his of course!) and the other half on any experiment I wanted. This greatly affected the rest of my life: it allowed me to work with a large number of excellent scientists and wonderful colleagues, I met my future wife at SLAC (she still works there), and we still live in the bay area! Even after my departure from SLAC in 2005, I was always welcome in Burt's office on the occasions I was able to visit SLAC. To this day, I am very grateful to Burt for how it all turned out. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Laurose, Matt and Elizabeth. Burt was one of the greats!