Image of Van Riper with his backyard fountain
He had a zany side to him (just ask his grandkids and students) and this shot shows him babbling to his bubbling fountain. He used to sit in his Secret Garden every happy hour (weather permitting) and on this day he was fascinated by the dancing and gurgling of the fountain, so much so he wanted to join in the merriment himself! The fountain was a garden hose weighted down by a brick immersed in an old pig scalding kettle which came with the old farmhouse. Leave it to CVR to have thought of how to turn an old cast iron pot into a thing of great delight.