TheLandscapePainter I think Steve was financially cut out, unintentionally, when Bob married the last time before his death. That didn't preclude him from continuing to work at BRI, but something else went down, and there's bad blood now. You get little snippets of the story here and there, but no one is ever willing to go on record for fear of BRI's lawyers. That was the story on a book by three academics a few years ago (Happy Trees, Happy Clouds, I think, Congdon et al.)--they were stonewalled by BRI, and everyone else they tried talking to were afraid of being sued. I was feeling out a research project myself and got a little taste of the same. When BRI claims Bob was very private and they're jealously guarding that privacy, one gets the feeling it's just as much about keeping the dirty laundry out of view.