2knowledgeable people about trees; he is an exciting lecturer. His enthusiasm in contagious." Not one to mince words, Shigo has earned the respect of the foresters and arborists around theworld. "Too many people are working in the field without an understanding of trees and grass," heobserved."People should know that trees are generating organisms, instead of re-generating organisms likehuman beings," Shigo explains. "Trees generate their own food from carbon dioxide, sunlight andwater, while human beings must intake food from elsewhere. Therefore, tree food is a misnomer.While such supplements, like fertilizer, provide important elements, they do not provide an energysource," he says.Another example: While humans put new cells in old places countless times during a lifetime, treescontinue to put new cells in new places, Shigo explains. Similarly, a tree doesn't heal, because itdoesn't replace injured cells with new ones.In his books and lectures, Dr. Shigo disagrees with other popular theories about trees. Among thosetheories that Shigo disputes is the idea that trees are mostly dead wood.Shigo's understanding of trees comes from his years in the U.S. Forest Service. He eventually became chief scientist for the Forest Service and was in demand as a speaker at many conferences, bothin the United States as well as around the world, until he retired in 1985. Not one to sit back and do nothing, he began to write and continues to play music. It wasn't long before calls began coming in from around the world, requesting him to lecture and teach. Shigo begana second career as a lecturer and author, which continues until this day."The name Alex Shigo has a become a legend. When he walks into a room, he is the focal point.He has aura that commands respect," commented Goldstein."Dr. Shigo is one of the warmest people I've met, with a sincere desire to teach what he has learnedabout trees. 'You have to touch a tree and feel it,' is one of my favorite Shigoisms."Since his retirement, he's written and published several papers, journals, books, and his most recenteffort, a compact disk. Trees, Associates and Shigo is a CD which includes 5,000 slides from his work during the last 40-plus years. Included on the disk are thousands of images of the insides of trees, someso close up that one can see dust mites on an insect.While he's reluctant to discuss exact figures, Shigo said he's sold more than 70 tons of books, enoughto cover the driveway of his home several times over.Shigo and his wife, Marilyn, live in Durham, New Hampshire. In the summer, they love to spendtime at their summer cottage on a lake in Barrington, New Hampshire. They have a son, a daughter,and five grandchildren.Plagued with some health problems, Shigo has curtailed his travel, but he still looks forward to thefuture with excitement. He plans to add DVDs to his collection of publications."I'm trying to get people who work with trees to understand them," says Shigo.