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I just found "gus" Baird's home page (somehow I never picked up on the lowercase "g"). I had gus for a number of ICS classes from 1982 to about 1984. I didn't hear of his death until about two years after and I was greatly saddened. What a great guy he was and what a great lecturer!
I see all the gus stories, but I don't see one I remember quite well. He was lecturing one day, in a Pascal class I think, and was talking about building tools (you had to build so many of your own in those days). He told us about participating in a 50 mile horse race in Alabama and how he decided to replace the t-shirt he'd always worn with a new one prior to the race. This shirt was a size larger and as he rode, instead of clinging to his body like the older, smaller one had, it bounced up and down. -- a gus pause -- "Rubbed my tits raw!!!"
It broke us up! The point: don't change your tools right before the big project.
What a guy. As someone else pointed out, many, many students will not know what they're missing by not having him as one of their profs.
Thanks for the web site.
Yeah, I had to catch the M train because calculus and physics were wasting me - made great grades in programming classes and I'm a programmer today, but not a math guy, I guess.
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