Topic: "Frodo's Hall of Fame"(4)
Michael Crichton was 66 years old, and he almost made Frodo pee his pants. It happened while Frodo was reading "Jurassic Park," and it was a scene that did not recur in the movie. The T-Rex suddenly appeared at the bottom of a waterfall while the human main course found themselves in a raft at the top of the waterfall. Frodo supposes all that water may have added to his discomfort. Frodo can never remember whether the theme of the book was "Life finds a way," or if it was "Nature finds a way." It matters not, because since the time of Jules Verne, excepting perhaps Arthur C. Clarke, has anyone been able to excoriate science from fiction with the precision of this surgeon. Only time separates Man from that which he predicted in his numerous best sellers.
Madelyn Dunham, born in 1927, was, in the words of her grandson, "humble and plain-spoken." People say much the same thing about the town in Kansas where she was born. Little has yet been published about the lady who passed away just 48 hours before her grandson was elected to the Presidency of the United States of America. Her passing was noted even by her grandson's opponent in the historic election. The whole world shed a tear for someone they knew only as she who took responsibility, and passed it on as a lesson to he who now grieves for his grandmother.
Harold McClendon is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist in private practice in Marietta, Georgia. He has an infectious laugh, and a bounce in his step. It probably comes from the joy he brings to so many families when he helps catapult an addition into their care. Then, again, Frodo recognizes that he may, indeed, simply be a leprechaun. What merits Frodo's admiration is his skill, and his ability to carry his good nature into situations far less joyful than the miracle of birth. To note that Sam's birthday was at hand, while reporting an excellent pathological report, is a present that indeed keeps on giving. Smiles abound.
Some, it seems, make history, and some make the present.