The Reference Frame about Samuel Goudsmit (PHYSICS TODAY, February 2009, page 8.) was poignant and of particular interest to me because, among other things, it touched lightly on Goudsmit’s elfish nature.

I was introduced to Goudsmit during the early days of the journal Physical Review Letters. Even then, PRL was known for being a difficult publication in which to get an article accepted and published. I told Goudsmit that despite the journal’s reputation, I had never had an article rejected by PRL. He reached for his pen, took out an envelope as if to write on the back of it, and asked, “What did you say your name was?”