Jennifer and Robert (#367) 07-29-13

While on my quest for finding women with hats, I saw Jennifer. She was at a Farmer's Market, but in an alleyway, slightly off the beaten path. She, and two older gentlemen were sitting on chairs – I have no idea where they came from.

When I approached her and explained the project, she chuckled and gave the usual admonition about not being photogenic. But clearly, it was a 'go'. I took several non-smiling shots and showed her the LCD. NOT impressed. She didn't like them at all. So I relented, and got several with a camera smile. These she liked. But you are not going to see them here. I like this character shot.

Then I glanced at one of the men at her side. I nearly fell over. It was a retired physician whom I hadn't seen for over 25 years. Robert Windom, M.D., practiced in Sarasota for many years. He was president of the county medical society in the 1970s. While I was president in 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed him Assistant Secretary of Health, serving directly under Surgeon General, Dr. Otis Bowen. Of course this was a big thing in the local medical community.

I turned to Google to refresh my memory. Robert Windom remained in office, and served under Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. So when the White House was transferred from Republican to Democratic control, Robert Windom was not immediately and summarily tossed out. Refreshing, don't you think?

Good to see him again, and he seems to be doing fine. And what goes around, comes around. This year, the president of the medical society is Dr. Hugh Windom, Robert's son.