I can't speak confidently about the impact upon the adult population of the 1950s of the startling news that all the world's best lifesaving medicines were being made by tiny, weak, slimy beings.
But I can say confidently how this seemingly little detail affected one particular small child from that era : me.
Big time !
And when I grew up, it still affected me as a young adult.
And still affected me , inspired me in fact, years later when I worked - at first all alone and with very few resources - to help create Nova Scotia's first political party for environmentalists....