Festschrift - Thomas Karger


It is with the greatest pleasure that I write these brief comments about my friend, Thomas Karger, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

I seem to recall that my first correspondence with S. Karger AG was back in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Thomas seemed to me an unusual publisher. Even though his family had been in the business for a long time, he was not like many other traditional publishers of the time, most of whom were extremely suspicious of Current Contents when it first started. Thomas quickly recognized the symbiotic relationship between established and new journals in Current Contents and was extremely cooperative from the earliest times. As a matter of fact, I remember that he carefully sent us specially typed lists of authors' addresses so that we could list complete contents of his journals in Current Contents and our database at the earliest opportunity.

However, since then we have had many occasions to meet and I found Thomas to be an extremely amicable, interesting, and delightful person to be with. It is a pleasure to be with him professionally and socially.

I wish Thomas and his family all the best on this joyous occasion. Best wishes for a long life, happiness and prosperity. I am joined in these greetings by the rest of the Institute for Scientific Information staff with whom Thomas has had many contacts.

Eugene Garfield