|William Dement (2012)|
|Dr William C. Dement is considered to be the father of sleep medicine, and has studied slumbering since the 1950s.
This six-decade career came about quite by accident: Bill originally wanted to be a journalist, but, journalism classes being full, he did what any good bass player would do, i.e., improvise, and he headed to the psychology department.
In the 1950s at the University of Chicago, Bill was the first to intensify the study of Rapid Eye Movement, wondering whether that might be related to dreaming. Earlier, at the start of his academic career, he had also been a gigging musician, playing bass. While at the University of Washington, and living on a houseboat, he jammed with Quincy Jones, and hung out with Ray Charles. Decades later, he treated, befriended, and even played a little, with Stan Getz.
Bill is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University. His class "Sleep and Dreams" is so popular that it sometimes has to be moved to Memorial Auditorium, so many students having enrolled (a total of some 20,000 to date). He's still teaching it, and probably still has his squirt gun to keep alert any sleepy students.
For years, Bill has been spreading the gospel of the dangers of driving while drowsy, and his phrase "Drowsiness is Red Alert" has saved more than a few lives.
Bill is also the author of many books, including "The Sleepwatchers" and "The Promises of Sleep", and even had a cameo role in the film "Sleepwalk with Me".
|# 1||Charlie Parker||Yardbird Suite||Ornithology||Rhino|
|# 2||George Shearing||The Definitive George Shearing||Lullaby of Birdland||Verve/Blue Note|
|# 3||Dizzy Gillespie||Odyssey 1945-52||Groovin' High||Savoy|
|# 4||Stan Getz||Voyage||Voyage||Black Hawk|
|# 5||Woody Herman||The Woody Herman Story||Early Autumn||Proper|
|# 6||Woody Herman||The Thundering Herds 1945-1947||Four Brothers||Columbia|
|# 7||Count Basie||Ken Burns Jazz||One O'Clock Jump||Verve|
|# 8||Ernestine Anderson||My Kinda Swing||My Kinda Love||Mercury|
|# 9||Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz||Diz and Getz||It Don't Mean a Thing||Verve|
|# 10||Stan Getz||Pure Getz||Tempus Fugit||Concord|
|Book||The thickest Nero Wolfe mystery by Rex Stout|
|Luxury Item||A lawn chair|
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