[Histonet] Ye Olde Days

From:"Breeden, Sara"

Oh, goody!  A Topic!  I've been doing this histology thing since 1969
and BOY! have we come a long way!  After a 20-year absence from a lab in
Albuquerque, I returned to find all these KIDS doing histo - and MEN to
boot!  Okay, I'd been in the animal research world for a long time...
(and Joyce, I worked in Hawaii in 1977 - we could swap tales of
adventure!).  So the KIDS asked several of us long-in-the-tooth techs
how it was in The Old Days.  We made up a story about how we had to keep
chickens and bees in the back parking lot for the egg albumin (smearing
on slides) and the wax.  We almost had 'em going for a while there,
because as Experienced Professionals, we could make up a really, really
good tale!  And I remember the "L" brackets, and the asbestos pad and
the Lipshaw dispenser and those huge/tall "rings" where you laid the
little piece of paper with the accession number.  And, Fred, we all had
ashtrays on the ledge above our work station.  OMG! It's a wonder we're
still alive!  My old pathologist-boss still smokes and he's close to 90
- and he plays golf and is as sharp as ever.  Aaaaahhhh... Ye Goode Olde


Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)

NM Dept. of Agriculture

Veterinary Diagnostic Services

PO Box 700

Albuquerque, NM  87106



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