Mama always said, "Associate with people higher up than you. They can lift you up. If you associate with people lower than you, they will take you down."
Following Mama's admonition, I sought the company of Wesley Ferrell, native of Southern Nash County. I think his family worried about my bringing him down.
Back in the day, nineteen and seventy-two, Wesley and I enjoyed an experience that later became the embryo of remarkable endeavors that shaped both my professional and personal life. We borrowed a canoe from Phillip Witherington, a biology instructor at LSU, known then around Wilson as Lee Street University.