"But Rice, on the spot, gave Johnson carte blanche to hire the Alberses—and immediately. He made the decision not because he knew anything of them or because Black Mountain was so desperate that he had to pick names out of the hat. Rather, it was the way Johnson had looked when he talked about Albers—and the way Rice felt while listening. 'If you ever meet anybody who has seen a great teacher in action,' Rice explained years later, 'something happens as soon as you mention his name. Something happens to the person that's talking to the person who's talking about him. You see a vision.' It was one of the shrewdest intuitions, perhaps the key decision in Black Mountain's early years."