A good many people have contributed to my thinking and their names will begin to appear here (in no particular order):

John Muma, Hank Payton, Joann Fokes, Patricia Ransom, Gertrude Baccus, Patricia Dukes, Donald Gans, Brooks Betchel, John D. Panagos, Edwin Sylon, Pat Hart Smith, Ron Williams, Judy Slotemaker, Smith Holt, Sylvia Berman, Remo Fausti, Mel Slotemaker, Jalyn Gerlich, Sultana Alireza-Zahid, Richard Klich, Ann Dugger, Wendy Gordan, Ronald Sommers, Marion Weinberg, Audrey Smadja, Dorothy Panagos, Gary Beeby, Dana Kovarsky, Gene Horn, Jeff Hurst, Jolene Whiting, Wayne Beech, Perie Brown, John Locke, Evan Lee, Lori Taniguchi, Margaret Swanson, Jay DeVries, James Panagos, Arden Craig, Liz Sawyer, John D. Panagos, Gerald Phillips, Gary and Larry of the Nomads, Bonita Andreani, Frances Taggart, Tom Olson, Bert Wells, Clemencia Cuervo, Pat Pike, Sidney Lambert, Bill Landon, Dalmus Taylor, Neal Langley, Bearnice Skeen,  Archie Binns,  Stu Kale, Pat Alparone, Marlyn King Jenkins, Sonia Palmer, Carl Sylon.

Wayne Beech established the Black Mountain Forestry Museum in Western Washington State.  His contribution reads as follows: 

Gray skies in Paris

“The late Wayne Beech, a retired US Forest Service worker, came up with the idea of the forestry center after new habitat protection laws jeopardized the livelihoods of thousands of loggers. His dream was to have a center that traced the history of forestry in the region from traditional logging practices to modern day techniques. The museum opened in May 2000 and hosted the first World of Wood Festival, which featured chainsaw carving, storytelling, live music, food, and woodcrafters. It was such a resounding success that the forestry center hopes to hold this event annually.” 

My high school speech teacher Mrs. Gertrude Baccus inspired me to be a better student, as she did many students. She started me off in debate, and through her I met Pat Ransom at tournaments in Orange County, a good friend for a long time.

I thank the many Arizona teachers and school administrators who put up with my many questions.  Even one colleague who told me, “You think too much!”  She found my life-long weakness.

Good looking Chevrolet-Deluxe-Fastback with skirts and whitewalls.

Academic Affiliation: Wayne State University

“Wayne State University is one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities in an urban setting, ranking in the top 50 in R & D expenditures of all public universities by the National Science Foundation. Through its multidisciplinary approach to research and education, and its ongoing collaboration with government, industry and other institutions, the university seeks to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life in the city of Detroit, state of Michigan and throughout the world.”     Address:  5700 Cass Avenue, 3100 Academic Administration Building * Detroit, Michigan 48202

My former dean Dalmus Taylor is well-remembered, a gentleman and a fair man.

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

“The mission of the Department of CSD at WSU is to provide leadership in and focus on the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders through excellent teaching, rigorous research programs, and service to the university and the community. We aspire, as a growing department in an urban research university, to attain national recognition as a leading program committed to preparing excellent clinicians, researchers, and leaders within the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. ”

Wayne State University Men’s Club Lacrosse


To long time friends Wayne Beech and Mel Slotemaker, this is one of the dedications many have offered. Mel could do anything well. He was brilliant and a star basketball player.  Wayne had vision, tenacity and a gentle manner.  Wayne played football. Both were life-long friends.

Eternal thanks to my sister Dorothy Panagos for true friendship for many, many years.

Scholars and artists who have shaped my views (no particular order):

Claude Levi Strauss, Erik Satie, Paul Broca, Dave Brubeck, Diego Rivera, Eric Lenneberg, Albert Camus, Marie Laurencin, Miles Davis, Noam Chomsky, Frederic Chopin, Joseph Heller, Leonard Bloomfield, Nikos Kazantzakis, R. H. Stetson, Jean Piaget, David Crystal, Irene Nemirovsky, Lev Vygotsky, Richard Wayne Penniman (“Little Richard”), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, e. e. cummings, Robert Pike, Andrea Bauchant, Jean Claude Sartre, Ferdinand de Saussure, Giacomo Puccini, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Frida Kahlo, Charles Van Riper, Archie Binns.

The work of Paul Broca amazed me, along with the brilliant thinking of Noam Chomsky and Claude Levi Strauss.

Mel Slotemaker (right) and friend Johnny

Nikos Kazantzakis wrote Zorba the Greek, later turned into a movie.  The course life of Zorba mixed with philosophy of living and Greek customs followed unusual pathways. Kazantzakis studied with Andre Bergson in Paris.

Erik Satie was a composer, introduced to me by Jolene Whiting.  His atonal pieces caused one critic to say he needed to study harmony.  So at mid-career he went back to school for three years to study harmony. Yet his haunting early works are among my favorites. He stayed for a while in a small house on a tiny street up Montmartre, Arrondissement 18.  

And to all those who helped me, when I did not realize they were helping me, I can only say thank you and try to pass it on.

Man with cat

My dear wife has died and I miss her.

French children near the sea.

French children near the sea.


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