What a privilege it was to have occasionally occupied the same time and space as Joe Platt

Here’s a story that I told for Joe’s 90th birthday celebration.

My wife, Susie, was pregnant during my senior year. As her due date approached, we started a pool to see who could get closest to guessing Aimee’s birth date and time. One day Susie got a call at home from President Platt’s office. When Joe got on the phone it turned out he was looking for inside information before he placed his bet—as if Susie would know when the baby would be born!

He didn’t win the contest, but Susie and I both felt—and still feel—lucky to have our lives touched by such a wonderful man. I’ll never forget what he said to me at the graduation ceremony, “We will miss you and your whole darned family.”

What a privilege it was to have occasionally occupied the same time and space as Joe Platt.

Pinky Nelson ’72 Physics
Bellingham, WA