Anna Marie Skalka - James Watson: Director of CSHL

Jim Watson as a director of Cold Spring Harbor. My first experience with Jim was when he actually first came on board. And I must confess that I didn't know how he was going to do much with Cold Spring Harbor. He seemed kind of disorganized and I didn't even know whether his ideas about cancer and animal virology made any sense because for me molecular biology and phage were still-still had a lot to teach us.

But that was his idea and I must say that every year that I've come back it's been just totally extraordinary to see the changes and the beautiful laboratory and more than that the health and strength of the science that's gone on here. So I would say that, to me, Jim Watson as a director had turned out to be a marvelous surprise!