||[Sep. 14th, 2007|04:04 pm]
In today's weekly email, the president of my university chose to discuss a very special parrot who recently died. |
"Alex was no ordinary bird. With the help of Irene Pepperberg, a comparative
psychologist at Brandeis and Harvard Universities who studied and worked
with him for many years, Alex was able to learn more than 100 words, count
small numbers, distinguish colors and shapes and memorize enough one-liners
to gain him fame on various television shows. His death made news around the
world. I read about it in several national newspapers, including the New
But the thing that really struck President Cowen, and the reason I share this with you, are Alex's last words.
"As Dr. Pepperberg put him into his cage the nightFor reasons I'm not sure I could accurately describe, I think that is the absolute perfect thing to tell someone as you say goodnight. Sweet, innocent, caring. A perfect send-off for someone who cares.
of his death last Thursday, Alex looked at her and said: "You be good, see
you tomorrow. I love you.""