I got to know Jim Caid better than before while serving as one of his occasional drivers back to Oracle from the Banner Cancer Center in Tucson. We'd exchanged words over the years around town and at social events but mostly in passing. The first time he called to set up a ride he couched his request inside a declaration - "it'll be a chance to get to know you better", he said. And that's the way it worked out.
Jim was exceptionally modest about his impressive professional career and thoughtful about whatever subject arose between us. He briefed me on his health condition but not in a way intended to inspire pity. I was flattered when he said he read my new book and proved in conversation that he actually had.
It's fitting that his care for the "human & furry" creatures of the world is reflected in a fundraiser for the inspiring, selfless work of OARR. Come to think of it, OARR and Jim have a lot in common.
Kaz and I moved to Oracle in 1979. The house we bought dated to the late 1940s. With little advance knowledge of the place, we set out to build a new life together, intending to settle in and raise a family.