Not too long ago I was handed an envelope that contained a large number of letters written by Edgar Odell Lovett to his friend Frederick Seares. Most of them date from Lovett’s years at Princeton and have to do with the comings and goings of various friends and acquaintances in the community of American astronomy. (Seares was at this time on the astronomy faculty at the University of Missouri, although he would soon leave for the Mt. Wilson Observatory in California where he spent most of his career.) One of my favorites, though, has Lovett admitting to Seares that it’s true, he really is headed for Texas:
The envelope this came in also tells a pretty good story, which I will relate tomorrow.
I see 2 lizards. What type are they? I’m not familiar with black ones.
I don’t know what they’re called either.
They look like brown anoles. I was reading an article a few years ago about how the brown anoles are displacing the green anoles that were prevelant in Houston when I lived there. Evidently, it’s a relatively recent phenomenon. In less than the last decade?
You are right. It is probably a Cuban or Bahaman anole. See this article:
“… inerds” ?
Was this the man responsible for the notorious Spelling Test of later years?
Surely, he jested!
Yes, I think he was kidding.