This is very esoteric and then it got deleted but someone next to me at Coupa mentioned a James Joyce line about Mr. Duffy a short distance from his body from Dubliners 1914 and I thought of and sussed out a bit William Russel Dudley a professor of botany at Stanford, 1849-1911 died at 62 in Los Altos.
Dudley was founder of the Dudley Herbarium which was in the building that became I’m pretty certain the Stanford Museum then Cantor Museum (the East Wing, where native pottery is displayed).
My nut thought was that the Joyce piece was actually called something about “Cases” meaning I guess situation as compared to glass cases (insert fancy word for that) in the musuem.
Then the first version of this got wiped out when…Herb Borock came by with an important document on the Deep Turkey of Palo Alto and also commented on my Dead and Co shirt — he’s a dead head. And his name is Herb. (And I swear that yesterday I saw him getting Off The Bus and thought of him as Herb-A Buena — Good Herb — like a drug reference — not knowing he was actually a dead head “hundred shows” varietal.
A lot of this comes from our memory of Susan Thomas, wife of botanist John Thomas.