My mother’s father, Samuel Becker, had wanted to be an engineer. He had to quit school early to help support the family. Still, he always loved gadgets and science.
My uncle and my mother discovered chemistry in the darkroom of Sam’s portrait studio. He grew up to become a chemical engineer. His kid sister went into nuclear physics before taking a job at Physics Today, where she reported on physics for 45 years.
I, too, learned to develop pictures. And watched Star Trek with him, which we both loved.
I’m proud to be in Sam Lubkin’s profession. But it was Sam Becker who planted the seed.