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Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2012 13:08:12 -0400
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Jules is right.  What's needed is to send the message in plain text, not
HTML.  --Jim L. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ben Wise
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 12:57 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog

I thought that Kevin B. had explained that it was due to the way
messages are posted at his end, and there's really nothing we, senders
or receivers, can do to correct it. But I agree, it's been a constant
annoyance, and only encountered on this particular listserv. So...what's
the problem, Kevin, and how can it be remedied? 


----- Original Message -----
From: "JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:38:53 PM
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

I had no idea that there was software to do this. 
I thought it was just a toggle switch in my e-mail that you could have
it e= ither plain text or HTML form. 
Can you send us the URL's to find it so we can do this? 
I agree, it is annoying. 

Thank you! 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mike Stone
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5:11 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

I would like to recommend that everybody get software capable of sending
te= xt messages that do NOT contain "=3D," "/," "@," and other assorted
symbols= in the places where letters or spaces should be. My regular
correspondent= s from Niger, besides having made millions of dollars
available to me over = the years for next to nothing, are ALL capable of
sending clean text messag= es, although the spelling and grammar are not
always up to yours. I'd much= rather read the messages posted to this
forum, but I find myself reverting= to the Nigerian correspondence to
ease the eyestrain. 

Just a suggestion. 

Michel L. Stone
116 East 4th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401
(850) 785-7272 Office
(850) 785-7094 Fax
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Cosgrove,
Wil= liam
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:23 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Twain feud inspires blog 

Mark Twain Forum, 

I've noticed a lot of ads and sales pitches on the Forum lately that
didn't= =3D seem to be there before. People seem to be pitching products
of their = own=3D through the Forum that use Twain materials in various
ways. I could= be wr=3D ong. These self-promotional materials are
marketed to "Twainians= " and "Twa=3D iniacs" via the Forum utilizing
the "Twainmania" we all are a= pparently cons=3D umed by. I may be
Perhaps I'm unfairly comparing some of today's Forum submissions with
those= =3D of some years ago when academic and scholarly experts in
Twain studies,= as=3D well as book collectors, literary critics, book
reviewers, historian= s, afi=3D cionados contributed ideas, reviews,
articles, opinions about Tw= ain and hi=3D s writings to the Forum. That
must be it. Twain as an inter= esting and com=3D plex person and
American writer and humorist was thoughtf= ully considered an=3D d
discussed on the Forum I'm remembering. Perhaps I'= m misremembering. 
Maybe not, though. Deep into my inbox I ran into a bunch of old 2001
email= =3D s from the Forum that I had saved because they had
interesting and comp= elli=3D ng things to say about Twain. In the
middle of these was an email = dated 8/=3D
8/01 which, in hindsight, may express one of the new directions the
Forum w= =3D as about to take =3D97 from "academically stimulating" to
"regardless o= f thei=3D r knowledge level about Twain." 
Here's the excerpt: 

"I would like to recommend a new topic for all of the Mark Twain Forum
memb= =3D ers to engage in. Wouldn't it be interesting for all of us to
find out= oth=3D ers' favourite Twain work and reasons why? Although I
agree that i= t is aca=3D demically stimulating to continue the diatribe
about Mark Twain= 's biography=3D , the topic is becoming tired to me.
If others agree to fi= nd a new topic t=3D o involve all the members,
perhaps they will consider t= his one as a way to =3D involve all the
subscribers, regardless of their kn= owledge level about Twai=3D n." 

When a "topic," even Mark Twain's biography, it seems, becomes "tired to
me= =3D ," the Forum is perhaps well advised to cease its "academically
stimula= ting=3D " diatribes in favor of finding out "others' favourite
Twain work."= Maybe =3D that is the wisest course. Perhaps such change
is good and ine= vitable. I =3D could be wrong. 

Best regards, 

Bill Cosgrove
Professor Emeritus of English
North Dakota State University
6104 Tracy Ave. So. 
Edina, MN 55436
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On 7/23/12 12:06 PM,
"[log in to unmask]<mailto:richard@richardhenze=
=3D>" <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote: 

Hello all, 

Haven't posted anything here for a while; been producing my Mark Twain
show= a couple of times a month here in Chicago, and adding new material
all the= time. I was very fortunate to have Bernie Sahlins produce a
"Mark Twain In= Person" for The Driehaus Museum here. Bernie is well
into his eighties--he= founded the Second City Theatre; we've worked on
many projects together si= nce 1979, but this was the first time he'd
produced my Mark Twain show. 
The Driehaus is set to produce "Mark Twain's Christmas" in December (it
say= s here); please let me know if you'd like comps/discounts to any of
my show= s that play in your area. It's the least I can do to repay the
pages and pa= ges of interesting and useful information and literature
relating to our mu= tual Twainmania. 

Also, I've also published another Mark Twain audio book: Roughing It. 
It came in at 19 hours and 10 minutes, and I'm selling it as a download
$25 on my own "Mark Twain In Person" website. 

I am aware that this book has already been recorded several times, but
I've= decided to not let that interfere with my enjoyment of it--nor any
of the = other books that I've "covered"--it's always been the work
itself that has = been the greatest reward--savoring his words,
inhabiting the character,and = reliving his amazing and varied

Anyone wishing for a "pre-publication" mp3 download of Roughing It,
please = email me directly and I'll send you a free copy. This offer
will expire Jul= y
31 at midnight. 

Also, I've begun recording Chapters from my Autobiography. I am posting
the= chapters on SoundCloud as they are finished, but I will begin
removing the= opening chapters once I reach Chapter 10, Hopefully some
will want to buy = the whole book to share with a fellow Twainiac. 

Richard Henzel