My wife Betty and I celebrated our anniversary on Sunday. It’s hard for me to believe that we have been married 58 years now.

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we first met back in Los Alamos. These years together have been very good ones for both of us, and I am grateful that Betty said “Yes” when I popped the question.

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I have been watching the America’s Cup races on television and I have to tell you that the event so far has been an exciting one. Competing is the defender — Oracle Team USA — versus the challenger, Emirates Team New Zealand, sailing huge, 72-foot racing catamarans.

The wind in San Francisco Bay has been strong for the event, and when the boats get moving fast enough, they ride up out of the water on hydrofoils where they can attain speeds in excess of 40 knots. These 6-ton boats literally fly around the course.

If you haven’t watched the competition yet, I highly recommend that you do. It is definitely not boring.

– Bob


7 Responses to “Wedding Anniversary and America’s Cup”

  1. 1 Chris Smith

    Congratulations on your & Betty’s 58th Wedding Anniversary. 58 years is a great accomplishment.
    V/R,
    Chris Smith

  2. 2 steve fisher

    Congratulations bob (and betty) on number 58! You guys make a great couple and that is clear to see anytime i’ve been around you both.

    The america’s cup is interesting this year for certain. But I am curious if you think technology has been pushed too far at the risk of safety (and in the hopes of gaining fan support) in this sport. I’ve seen a number of pros and cons discussed, but i wonder which side of the equation you fall on.

    steve

  3. 3 Mary King

    Dear Dr.Beyster~

    Congratulations on your anniversary! My husband John & I met in October eight years ago, at the LA County Museum of Art. On the night we met, he said his dream was to start a worker-owned cooperative. He often mentions you as one of his inspirations!

    I am pleased to say over the past 8 years that he did succeed in founding a worker-owned cooperative, and they developed a very impressive solar concentration system that generates steam for industrial use here in San Diego. He has the backing of a $1 mill CEC win, and $1 mill from a Fortune 500 Utility… In fact, the Utility is willing to put in another $1 million if another investor goes in too–not to be loan rangers investing in a co-op. The technology is really amazing.

    Sadly, however, his headway with other potential investors (the VCs) has been so challenging… They scoff at his commitment to worker ownership. I fear he is just weeks from caving to their insistence that he go S Corp, future-IPO, just to keep the lights on and his employees paid. :( It really makes us both so sad.

    Anyway, thanks for inspiring him and succeeding in your commitment to elevate people WITH profit. You leave quite a legacy. May you and Betty enjoy many more blessed years together!

    Sincerely, Mary King

  4. 4 Dr. Beyster

    Mary: Thank you for your post on my blog. Your husband’s idea of a worker-owned solar energy cooperative sounds like a good one. Sorry to hear that it may not work out in his company. Please give your husband my best wishes. — Bob

  5. 5 Dr. Beyster

    Steve: Thank you for the anniversary wishes. I have been enjoying the America’s Cup on my television — it is quite a show. It appears that the Kiwis are about to send Larry Ellison back home down the peninsula. We’ll soon see. I personally don’t think technology has been pushed too far. While there have been some serious accidents and the one sailor killed a few months ago, I think the crews are taking safety more seriously now. I certainly hope that this remains the case through the end of the regatta. — Bob

  6. 6 Dr. Beyster

    Chris: Thank you for your note — I appreciate the anniversary wishes.

  7. 7 Mary King

    Dear Dr.Beyster~ Thank you so much for your “best wishes” to my husband. You are a tremendous encouragement to us both and I wish you safe travels to Michigan. Warm regards, Mary King

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