BY CATHERINE E. BURKE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARY WAYNE GILBERT
I have this whole mental category that's called Tom. I read things
or I hear things and I immediately think, "I must discuss this with
Tom" or "Tom would be so interested in this."
I have an in-box, like a file in a stack, with her initials on it.
It works the same way.
They met in 1969 when Perry hired Hughes as his teaching assistant.
After Tom's lectures, we'd come back to his office and we'd talk
about the substance of the course, the discussion sections and what
topics he wanted me to cover and so on, and that just naturally
led into other things, other common interests.
Travel . . .
Gardening, history, architecture, food, antiques.
You tell her the story of the head.
All right, here's an example.
We're both interested in cooking.
This probably didn't take place until--near the end of the first
year? We were both interested in cooking and Tom and his wife were
having a dinner party for which he was going to make a roast suckling
pig. And I was fascinated by all the details of making a roast suckling
pig a la Julia Child. I remember that Child gave two possible ways
to arrange the pig for service. This was a whole pig.
In the mouth you have an apple.
And the day after the dinner party when we next had lunch, I was
dying to hear how it went. As soon as we sat down I said, "OK, tell
me, how was the pig?" And he reached into his green book bag and
produced the head of the pig! With the apple in the mouth!
And a necklace of orange peel around the neck. That broke whatever
ice had remained.