who always hoped
I’d write a book.
I’d like give the proper thanks to those who had such a
profound influence on my attitudes and, consequently, helped
shape this book. To Mike Hamlin, my 11th grade Calculus
teacher: Thanks for showing me that it’s OK if you don’t know
the answer straight-away, but you should at least try to figure it
out. And to Bob Glidden, my 11th grade English teacher: You
made me realize that being skilled in the Sciences is no excuse
for being poor in the Language Arts.
A Letter From My Closest Friend, Nicole Morgan
I know you asked for a testimonial but I really don’t want to
write one. I’m sure you would have wanted Drumwright to
write your bio for you, but since that’s not possible, I thought
maybe I could do it for you. See what you think.
John Kiefer started his academic career in electrical
engineering before deciding to pursue sports medicine.
Always unpredictable, he instead ended up getting BA’s in
physics and mathematics at the same time—in only three
From there, he decided to try his hand at the next level
of academic endeavor: graduate school in physics. That is
where I met Kiefer (he prefers ‘Kiefer’ to his first name for
some reason; I think it suits him better than ‘John’). He had
this strange humility about him that was intriguing. He
always seemed to pass tests with high marks without much
studying and attributed his performance to luck—lady luck
must be his best friend because he did it time, after time.
He didn’t even study for our qualifying exams (four four-
hour tests covering various branches of physics) claiming he
was just going to fail them all. Of course, he passed all of
them with flying colors. It wasn’t a case of false humility; he
simply holds himself to incredibly high standards.
Since I’ve known him, he’s excelled at a wide-range of
endeavors. As a few examples