In the 1950s and 1960s, chemistry was seen as a romantic and thrilling scientific discipline that promised to improve people's lives beyond measure. It was during this exciting time that The Chemical Society decided to launch a new journal aimed at disclosing the latest research results in a quick, direct, and brief way. Organic chemist, Professor Hans Wynberg of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands wrote the very first paper in Chemical Communications. What was it like to do research then? Wynberg, now 82 years of age, gave Bert Meijer some insights when he recently visited him in his lake-side home in Groningen.