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  • 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".
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 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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    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan