Fermilab TodayThursday, August 11, 2005  
Robert Kephart's Statement
Fermilab physicist Bob Kephart holding a "permit" that he caught fly-fishing in Belize. Permit, said Kephart, are like the ILC: elusive and difficult to catch, but worth the effort.
The International Linear Collider is a huge and exciting scientific initiative. I am humbled to be asked by Pier to join the Directorate and take responsibility for Fermilabís efforts on the ILC.

The ILC will make some great science possible, the SCRF technology is fascinating, and the International nature of ILC will be a challenge. However the timescale, the site for the machine, and even its ultimate approval for construction are uncertain. I thought it important to try to explain to my colleagues at Fermilab why I am willing to accept this position at this time. A quote which I read early in my career seems particularly appropriate:

"I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort." —Calvin Coolidge

—Bob Kephart

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