in: Knowledge, Volume 8, Issue 2, p. 237-244
In my collection of images and concepts that are associated with Howard Davis and knowledge creation, transfer and utilization (KT) there are many that summarize the bittersweet context of our meetings. There is one, however, that serves as a leitmotif. In comfortable lawn chairs, wrapped in blankets against the evening mountain chill, sippping fine scotch, watching the glorious sunset on the mountains in Aspen, Colorado, discussing the validity of personal religious experiences, the reason for being of Davis and NIMH, where I fit into the overall mental health service scheme of things. But then that night, hearing his heavy footsteps pacing in the room overhead, pacing alone, my wondering at the contrast between the peaceful, constructive, creative state I had seen him in earlier and this Ahab-like pacing, perhaps torment; sleep overtaking me, the contrast unresolved.