January 23, 1998

Catching crows--in the name of research

I am writing a follow-up to the letter on Professor Rowan in the last edition of Folio, "Cover Boy is William Rowan."

Like thousands of others, my dad left school in the middle of the Depression. My father and his friends caught young crows and sold them to Professor Rowan for his migratory studies. As I recall, the going price was a nickel a crow. Good money in bad times!

His son and granddaughter are graduates of the University of Alberta and hold post-doctorate degrees from universities in England and the United States. The University of Alberta gave my family an opportunity that you won't read about in a Maclean's survey. The university has many stories large and small to "crow about" in this anniversary year.

Howard Welch

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