Decades later, when we happened to be having dinner nearby for my grandmother's 98th birthday, my father re-introduced me to Dr. Cairns, and reminded me that, in addition to being Heather's daddy, Dr. Cairns was an internationally acclaimed expert on water.
I e-mailed Dr. Cairns and asked if he would review the web site information an Inside VTKW blog post here, here, and here about Portaqua, a VT KnowledgeWorks Member Company. Portaqua has devised portable water treatment systems.
If Aristotle, Descartes, or Voltaire had written e-mails, I don't think theirs would have differed greatly from that of Dr. Cairns for erudition, authority, and precision of expression.
I imagined Dr. Cairns's lifetime as a tornado of studying, risking, researching, and probing to acquire knowledge, all funneled into the electronic message in front of me, ultimately reducible to binary 1's and 0's.
To receive such a missive, I felt humble, awed, privileged, and grateful.
Experts and Entrepreneurs – Part 2 will address the reply of Rafael Gonzalez, CEO of Portaqua, to Dr. Cairn's e-mail.
Experts and Entrepreneurs – Part 3 will contain excerpts from the exchange.