Many PKU patients in Poland gathered with Prof. Maria Giewska MD, PhD of Pomeranian Medical University on June 25 to recognize the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Robert Guthrie. He’s the American scientist whose heel-stick blood test led to the successful early treatment of the genetic disorder, Phenylketonuria or PKU, sparing thousands worldwide from developmental disability.
On Dad’s 100th birthday anniversary, June 28, 2016, my sisters and oldest brother gathered in Seattle and ate and drank some of Bob Guthrie’s favorite foods: cornbread dipped in buttermilk with a dollop of honey, peanut butter and tomato and a shot or two of Scotch.
My father talked. Boy, did he talk. About newborn screening. Constantly. Day, night, at the dinner table, the breakfast table, in the wee hours of the morning, over cocktails, in church pews, at school board meetings and to the many unfortunate passengers sitting next to him on overseas flights.
Happy Birthday Big Tree! How I wish you were still around for all your kids to sing to you today on your 100th birthday, June 28, 2016. Tonight, your children will gather in your honor and eat your favorite food — plain baked potatoes, cornbread, fake eggs, and of course, peanut butter and tomato sandwiches on wheat (dark) bread — the other famous Dr. Robert Guthrie invention.