The ideaFestival has lost a good friend. Ray Betts a former history professor, Director of the Honors Program at the University of Kentucky and contributing author to this blog died this passed week. I have known, worked with and admired Ray for over 20 years. He was the consummate gentleman and scholar. Dr. Betts was also one of those truly creative thinkers who had at his disposal a vast array of knowledge, experiences and insights....that he was uniquely able to combine and recombine to create new and novel "forms" and concepts. For the benefit of our readers his IF posts will remain in our archives. More on Ray's full life may be found at the Lexington Herald-Leader. He will be missed.