This cover solves an age-old conundrum: What do you do with gum wrapper chains anyway? Lauretta is very pleased to have played a part in solving this mystery - it may be one of her most significant contributions to mankind. At the least, it has broken her of the compulsion to make gum wrapper chains.
(Note: Lauretta was the curator of the UCM 2000 special exhibit for the opening of the Umbrella Cover Museum's new home at 62-B Island Avenue, Peaks Island, Maine. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Museum.)
Biography: Lauretta E. Grau began her professional career as an electron-microscopist, but after ten years spent in darkrooms and killing rodents, she decided to seek a profession that provided more immediate gratification than did medical research. She naively returned to school to get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. This experience taught her that it is easier to extinguish rooting behavior in pigs than to help people change maladaptive lifestyles. While in training, Lauretta serendipitously fell into a job in HIV research at the National Institute on Mental Health and was happy to return to research. She joined the Yale School of Medicine when her husband left academia for private industry. She researches HIV prevention among injection drug users, has been an avid quilter for 20 years, and is the proud albeit harried mother of Harold and Marian.