When one has had a long career, as have I, he or she has an opportunity to collaborate with many very accomplished individuals. One of those individuals, in my case, is my friend and co-editor for Exceptional Children, Bill Therrien.
This photo, taken from one of the hills near Monticello overlooking Charlottesville, shows Erin and Bill Therrien. Since the Therriens (and their family) arrived in C’ville, we’ve had a lot of good times.
Of course, in print Bill is William J. Therrien, Ph.D., BCBA-D, but “Bill” works just fine when you’re visiting with him. To be sure, he has an impressive track record…academic publications, teaching, external funding, contributions to the commonweal. But, Bill’s just a basic guy when you’re talking with him. There is no pretense, no “look at me,” no drama.
It’s not that Bill doesn’t deserve respect. He does. It’s that he’s not just an academic scholar and a leader of professional organizations (see the bio page from UVA), but he’s a great pal.
Erin, Bill, Pat, and I (and kids!) have had a lots of good times, and I look forward to more of them. Keep an eye (or two) out for him when you’re at professional meetings. Say, “Hi,” if you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did.