I had the honor of being Edward Teller's host for an evening when he spoke at a meeting of a national society that we organized locally. He has to be the most brilliant man I have ever met, and his passion and wit are as strong and sharp as ever. Pretty amazing. Must be the strong Hungarian stock, as well as a good diet of pierogis and glonkies.
I've noticed a revisionist trend lately to downplay Teller's role in the development of thermonuclear weapons and I think such a trend is a disservice to the man and history. With clear hindsight, it is easy to see how important it was to stay a step ahead of the Soviet Bear during the Cold War years, and Teller's work helped us to do that. Western civilization might very well have been gobbled down whole otherwise.
posted on 10/19/2001 12:07:43 PM PDT
I got to meet Dr. Teller although there were so many others there that I only got a chance to say hello.
If Dr. Teller is not an absolute genius then, he is a genius of an actor. The most imposing presence I have ever been around.
posted on 10/22/2001 11:18:26 AM PDT
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