The Epidemiologist from Eberlin’s

Epidemiologist is the kind of word that makes you grateful for spellcheck. I haven’t gotten it right yet.

As it happens, I know one with a PhD and everything. If you had known him when you and he were teenagers and college students, you would not have expected the enormous contributions he has made to world public health. He should probably have gotten a Nobel Prize, but he certainly wins my award for the world’s most unlikely epidemiologist.

In 1965, when we both had summer jobs on Wall Street, we would get together for eggs benedict lunches at Eberlin’s, a restaurant near the New York Stock Exchange where the waiters were famously rude, but the service was quick. It closed a few years later and didn’t leave much of a trace on the internet. The picture isn’t it, but it is close enough to give you the idea.

In my continuing quest to keep you all entertained and perhaps even informed in your confinement, I emailed him the other day. Here is most of what I said. I left out the bits that would readily identify him.

Caption: Epidemiologist

Thank God for spell check. I spell that word wrong every time.

I guess that shows how little I know about your world.

I bet you’d have some great advice for people on thinking about the spread of a virus and wise steps to take.

Should we do a FaceTime or phone interview so either you or I could write something useful for the Pundificator?

I would happily give you complete editing rights so that only your best thinking was represented.

Well, maybe unless I write gooder than you.

And here is what came back.

“This contains all the epidemiological principles you need to know understand Corvid 19.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6qFG0uop9k

 

23 Responses to “The Epidemiologist from Eberlin’s”

Spike, March 21, 2020 at 1:15 pm said:

I just bet I know who your epidemiologist friend is.

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Kathleen, March 21, 2020 at 1:47 pm said:

Perfect. Love this. Thank you!

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:41 pm said:

You do, but now all of the alert comment readers probably do too.

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DHG, March 21, 2020 at 1:33 pm said:

Thanks Haven. 😎. At one point I think I had every one of his albums. 🎶

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm said:

Try YouTube to hear them again.

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Chuck, March 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm said:

Beautiful!! No question one of the great epidemiologists of our time

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm said:

And an eggs benedict fan. Back when we could eat that stuff.

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Bob, March 21, 2020 at 3:38 pm said:

I had not thought of Eberlin’s for many years until Haven, who has the memory of an elephant, brought it up in a conversation a couple of years ago. Special memories, apparently for many of us. I feel like I can smell the place even now. Eggs benny, the white table cloths, cacophony of plates and glasses rattling and waiters shouting, and, as mentioned, rude waiters. It seemed a privilege to have your plate more thrown at you than served to you and your iced tea poured as much in your lap as in the glass. Young, privileged, surrounded by brokers and clerks from the floor of the NYSE, were were pursuing just what our parents wanted for us. We were invulnerable. Ironic, or telling, that almost all of us ended up quite far from that world. But I would go back to Eberlin’s in a heartbeat, even given the strain on my arteries.

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:39 pm said:

And I’d happily join you. As in 1965.

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Richard Seymour Mead, March 21, 2020 at 3:40 pm said:

Haven,
Great to get a smile in these strange times. And to be reminded of a great lyricist.

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm said:

There are lots of his songs on YouTube.

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Richard Meyer, March 21, 2020 at 4:31 pm said:

LOVE Tom Lehrer
Sophisticated humor with a wink in the eye
“ Be prepared, that’s the Boy Scouts marching song
Be prepared, as through life you march along
If you’re looking for adventure of a new and different kind
And you come across a Girl Scout who is similarly inclined
Don’t be nervous, don’t be flustered, don’t be scared
Be prepared !!!! “

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Haven Pell, March 21, 2020 at 5:36 pm said:

Tom Lehrer resonates especially with those who know the difference between 33s and 78s.

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Jim Chubb, March 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm said:

Ketchum/Hailey are the Idaho hot spots. People with t-shirts wrapped around their faces. Colorful rubber gloves. I like your story.. Life was a bit complicated last week, now it’s simple.

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Haven Pell, March 22, 2020 at 5:35 am said:

There are a lot of visitors from other hotspots, so it is not surprising. Wear the gloves and improvise the mask

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Heloisa de Melo, March 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm said:

Lovely. Something fun and light to brighten our days.

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Haven Pell, March 22, 2020 at 5:37 am said:

Thank you. Trying to balance, informative, amusing and other topics.

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James Walton, March 22, 2020 at 12:28 am said:

To rhyme “Te Deum” with “ICBM” takes a special form of perverse thinking!….genius

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Haven Pell, March 22, 2020 at 5:38 am said:

I had forgotten that one amid his overall body of amazing work.

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Otto Mcgowam, March 22, 2020 at 7:31 am said:

Thanks Haven ,A good laugh is surely the best medicine in times like these.Otto

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Haven Pell, March 22, 2020 at 7:58 am said:

Thank you Otto. I have to try to fill the void caused by closed court tennis courts. I hope you are well

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Patrick Jenkins, March 22, 2020 at 3:48 pm said:

Haven

I do not know what you have to crow about, in giving us the last but one word in the quote “This contains all the epidemiological principles you need to know to understand Corvid 19.”

My most memorable Lehrer line was “She died her hair green with the juice from her spleen”. That’s 60 years ago!

But your epidemiologist friend’s choice was so appropriate for our troubled times.

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Haven Pell, March 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm said:

Patrick, he has a terrific sense of humor and has accomplished more than almost anyone I know. That said, I left his quote as he wrote it.

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