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I met Hunt again two years later in summer 1972 when he visited Katz at University College. Hunt had done a sabbatical year in Katz's lab a decade earlier when he had taken a break from muscle spindles to study the effects on neurons of cutting their axons, which interrupts the connection between the nerve cells and their targets. He was a great admirer of Katz and took pains to visit whenever he was in England. Hunt took me to lunch at an upscale restaurant where we discussed what I had been doing and the possibility of coming to his new Department of Physiology and Biophysics. We agreed over coffee that I would visit St. Louis later that fall to have a look.

Although the trip in late October 1972 included the few other places that had indicated some interest in hiring me, I liked St. Louis, Washington University, and the potential colleagues I met. Washington University also had a rich history of research in neuroscience that was appealing. But most of all, I felt I would be comfortable working in a department run by Hunt, and that he could and would provide sound guidance to someone still relatively untutored in science and the ways of academia. The University of California at San Francisco was my other option, but in addition to all the other factors involved, Hunt's association with Kuffler and Katz promised continuity with the path I had started out on five years earlier.

And so, with some difficulty, I convinced Shannon (who had remained in London with our now 3-year-old daughter) that St. Louis was the right place for us—or for me, she would no doubt wish to add—and we arrived in the Midwest on a sweltering day toward the end of the following summer.

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