I must say how very happy and. honoured I feel to have been invited here and to meet with you all tonight. When my London colleagues invited me to present a paper at this commemorative event in honour of Donald Winnicott, I proposed to talk about my memories of him from fifty years; ago: how I came to meet him and the role he played, not only in my psychoanalytic training but, which was so important to me too, in my own analytical research for many, many years to come; I hope to communicate to you tonight the experience of Winnicotts inspirational thought in my own workings and in my own attempt to go further. Meeting him was a quite memorable occasion; tonight I shall try to describe the path to Winnicott, the post-war journey that led me eventually to meet this remarkable man.