I first met Dave Theno in 1989 at a Microbiology Advisory Committee meeting sponsored by the Secretary of Agriculture. This was the group that published the first HACCP document, and we both served three two-year terms.
We had a lot in common both historically and philosophically. His father was a Marine Corps veteran; mine was Navy. His father was nicknamed “Bearcat”; my father was a Sam Houston State “Bearcat.” Both of us started our educations to become veterinarians but were more excited about food microbiology and food safety. Our microbiology mentors were good friends and respected colleges. His was Z. John Ordall, University of Illinois; mine, Carl Vanderzant, Texas A&M. These men molded our approach to the practical side of food microbiology.