While working in Houston during one of the countrys most severe polio epidemics in 1951, his 6-month-old son contracted the disease. He and his family moved to Miami. He had opportunities to go anywhere in the country, but he came here for the climate, Suzanne said. “Now and then he would say, I miss the academic life, but the choice was simple. Miami was a frontier town in terms of cardiac surgery at the time. Spear spent his time working between midnight and 4 a.m., driving to emergency rooms across South Florida on dark back roads. Dedicated to his patients, Spear never removed his name from the phone book. He also did experimental work during the early days of lung machines, heart transplants and pacemakers. It was the size of a Kleenex box, his wife joked of an early version of a pacemaker. The same qualities that made Spear a caring doctor made him a loving father. He was very encouraging, said his daughter Alison. He told us, Youve got to have a profession I dont care what it is but you have to go to graduate school. Both of his daughters chose to pursue architecture. When the oldest, Laurinda, was starting out he commissioned one of her early projects, the Pink House. Confidence in his daughters talent paid off.
‘Doctor Who’ fans petition to light Empire State Building in Tardis-blue
‘Doctor Who’ fans petition to light Empire State Building in Tardis-blue “Doctor Who” fans place a formal request to light up the Empire State Building in a Tardis shade of blue for the show’s 50th anniversary. (Credit: GK12 ) The timeless Time Lord is about to turn 50 in Earth years, and fans across the globe are gearing up to celebrate. Dedicated Whovians are doing more than tuning into a BBC special show and knitting really long scarves. They’re also trying to convince the Empire State Building to light up in a Tardis shade of blue on November 23. The movement is led by New York SciFi & Fantasy, a fan organization for all things science fiction and fantasy. The group already submitted a formal special lighting request to the Empire State Building, but figured a fan petition would only help the cause. Related stories Doctor Whir: Remote-control flying Tardis takes to the air The petition is gathering signature at Change.org with a goal of 35,000 signers. As of last count, the number was over 28,400. Since November 2012, the Empire State Building has been rocking a Philips-designed LED color system which gives the building 16 million color options. It shouldn’t be too hard to replicate Tardis blue. If we look back into the show’s history, we find instances of the Doctor visiting New York. A notable two-part episode from 2007 found the Time Lord saving the Empire State Building from the Daleks. I think the Empire State Building owes the Doctor a favor.