There are true renaissance men in our midst right here and now in the twenty first century. Juan José Prat Ferrer is one of them, a university professor who has blazed an amazing trail in both his professional and personal life. He has just published a book about the history of traditional storytelling (“Historia del cuento tradicional”) after five years of work, making him one of Spain’s leading experts in the study of folklore. Just like anyone who uses the gift of intelligence well, Juanjo Prat lives his life in simple fashion, willing to help anyone and always with a smile. I see him as a benchmark for professional conduct as well as for improving my character. And by the way, Juanjo Prat tells stories with amazing wit, even though living off his wits is not what he is about.