"I grew up in a small town before the days
when everyone installed bright lights in their backyards.
The stars were bright and the Milky Way and Andromeda
were visible. As a school kid I built a couple of
telescopes and a spectroheliograph and used them
in our back yard to start out as an astronomer.
A few years later, with a degree in physics
from Yale and a doctorate in Astronomy
from Harvard, I began a long association with
my hometown school, the University
of Washington. My major accomplishment there
has been the pleasure of sponsoring two dozen young
men and women as they did their Ph.D. theses in
astronomy, which ranged in subjects from interplanetary
dust to interacting galaxies. My own recent research
has concentrated on the star formation properties
of nearby galaxies, including the Andromeda Galaxy,
glimpsed so many years ago from my backyard."