My Sister: Linda Lipton-North
Linda Lipton-North was my younger sister. Was. She passed away just this Thursday, after a very long struggle with cancer. She is dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
The picture is of her favorite place—Galveston Texas. She lived most of her 59 years in Houston Texas, but she loved the ocean. That is why I have a picture of her favorite view in the whole world.
Today I just wanted to remember her by sharing one story with you. When we were quite young we spent a Thanksgiving day at our grandmother’s home. Many other relatives were there, including our cousin Mark Lipton. She and Mark worked on some pictures using crayons in another room. Then, they both came in where I was and held up their drawings. My sister was very artistic, as was my cousin: during her life she was an artist, while Mark later became an architect.
As the older one—by four years—I was asked to “judge” which of the two pictures was best. I looked carefully, they were both quite good. But, I picked Mark’s picture, since there was no way that I would pick my sister’s. As soon as I announced that Mark’s picture was the “winner”—Linda switched pictures with Mark, and said:
I told you, he would never pick mine.
She had out foxed me—I had actually picked her picture.
I always like this story, even though my younger sister out-foxed me. Today as a theorist, I would say that she used a random protocol on me. But, of course back then, I just stared at the two of them. Just sat there out maneuvered by my younger sister Linda.
There are no open problems today—at least none of the kind that any of us can ever solve. Take care, Linda.