Peter Cobb - I will make a copy of the article for you and get it off to you. I will scan it and send it electronically. The copy, if you have a good printer, will be much better that way than off my Canon copy machine, which is old and black & white only.
I remember the Black Widow Spider also. I told Bill about it and suggested its removal and got the same reply. I suggested he make a sign for the wall so that no one with a stouter heart than I would simply squish it without asking. I don’t think its there anymore. That bathroom was amazing. One time I was down there, you couldn’t use the sink because a big Wolf Spider was living in the pipe. I am happy that he never came out while I was there!
All this sounds bizarre to those who don’t know these wonderful people, I am sure, like not daring to shoot a rattler on his property, but these people are real scientists, and everything that lives and breathes on the Sonora desert is a life-time study to them. They have simply no fear of even those elements of the desert scene that are potentially dangerous to man.
What a life they’ve led. Bill’s wife, Beth, was a working cowboy for a time, as was her mother, another grand lady. In fact, at dinner, her mother asked me to explain what Cowboy Action Shooting was. I expected a tone a sarcasm to come in, since she had been a real cowboy, but there wasn’t a bit of it and she said it sounded interesting and like a lot of fun. Beth was also high up in the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Bill, as is well known, was one of those responsible for the high quality of the Sonora Desert Museum, considered among the finest Zoos in the world.
I have not visited the Lab nearly enough, but for every visit, there is a story, and as with DK’s visit, it usually centers arounds the gracious hsopitality that meets every visitor at "The Lab."
A special place run by special people!