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It gives me great pleasure to contribute to this special issue of Seminars which honors the career of Bruce Carr. As it happens, Bruce was my first Fellow upon my arrival at the Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1977. At that time, the Center was filled with luminaries of Reproductive Endocrinology, such as John Porter, Jack Johnston, Norman Gant, and of course the Director, Paul MacDonald, so to be given the responsibility of mentoring a new Fellow was a daunting responsibility. However, Bruce quickly rolled up his sleeves and plunged straight in, and we forged a relationship which led to some 36 manuscripts in 4 years. The first of these was entitled "The Role of Serum Lipoproteins in Steroidogenesis by the Human Fetal Adrenal Cortex," published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, volume 49, pages 146-148, in 1979, and the authors were Simpson ER, Carr BR, Parker CR Jr, Milewich L, Porter JC, and MacDonald PC. Bruce quickly moved up the ranks of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department to become full Professor and we went our separate ways professionally, but we remain close friends to this day. This special issue is indeed a worthy tribute to an outstanding career and especially to Bruce's role as editor-in-chief of Seminars which he has guided through the rapid evolution of the specialty, always maintaining a strong research focus and thus carrying on the rich tradition of the Green Center and the Obstetrics/Gynecology Department.