30 Jan 12. Back in 1973 when I was doing the work with the marine mammals, I received an invitation to interview at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for a newly created position of Director of Hyperbarics. The job was desired by the President of the Univ, but not the Chair of the college in which it was to be located, required that the individual selected build the new department from scratch, design the facility, get the funding for the project, and simultaneously get a Ph.D, if not already held (I had only my Bachelors degrees). This at a time of high unemployment in the local area. I interviewed successfully and was offered the position which came with a starting salary of $150,000 (Canadian). It was somewhat of a dream opportunity but came with a couple of drawbacks, namely a bride who refused to accompany me if I took the position, the disagreement between the two key players (President & Chair) at the University, acceptable housing prices starting around the salary amount, and the fact that an American would have been taking the position from a Canadian. As you have probably surmised, I turned down the offer, but it is often fun to think what if. . . . I drove up for the interview directly from Vancouver, B.C. following a week long meeting of the Undersea Medical Society making the drive in a single day, something I'd never try again (I think Canada may be expanding as well). Along the way I saw several sights I wanted to see better, so after Jan flew up to join me for a couple of days, we took several additional days and drove back to Seattle. Along the way we visited some areas I'd love to visit again, prime amongst them being the Athabaska Glacier. We had an opportunity to both walk along the side of the glacier as well as board a 22 passenger bus that took us out onto the center of that flowing river of ice. It was a very memorable experience, especially the amount of wind that was rushing down over the top of it. I took quite a few pictures, using of course slide film in those days, and guessing as to the correct exposure. And yes, the camera did have a light meter, but knowing the "correct" exposure when shooting primarily white on white was a bit trickier back then than it is with today's modern equipment. This shot, scanned from the original slide, is of the center of the glacier. The little "bumps" you see are about 4 feet in height, if memory serves me correctly. A wonderful experience, and one I need to repeat. As we progress through the year I plan on interspersing shots taken over the past 40 years that might be of interest to the group.