R. Forester (MS '71, PhD '75)

I was working  for one of the Department of Energy contractors at the Hanford nuclear waste site in Richland, WA., and we had recently expanded our D.C. office to interact more responsibly with Congress (this used to be called lobbying). Although it may be upsetting to digest, the Congressional funding for LIGO had very little to do about the pursuit of science. I had worked with the late Senator Brock Adams from Washington State,  who teamed with the more powerful Senator from Louisiana, J. Bennett Johnston, to ensure Congressional funding for the twin sites.  The driving force for the LIGO sites was strictly funding for the States of Washington and Louisiana through their Senatorial representatives.