We made the final 10 for site review by the National Science Foundation, but just missed getting funded. I learned that we were just trying to do too much, so I decided to stay on for a couple more years, and recruited a team to focus on marine biotechnology.
Surely enough, late in 1998 we succeeded with the Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center, and I announced my retirement. My staff went overboard to plan for my retirement party in 1999, which was held at the Hawaiian Regent in Waikiki, now a Marriott, attended by a couple of hundred friends and family.
NEXT: Year 15 and counting.