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Kevin Mac Donnell <[log in to unmask]>
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Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 7 Aug 2017 15:44:44 -0500
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I too second all the comments made. Joe Lemak and his staff carried off this 
conference in a style that would have made you think it was their tenth 
success instead of the first of many more successes. Kerry and Ann and those 
who managed the sessions all did likewise. As one who knows how much 
planning and frustration (and replanning and additional frustration) goes 
into getting such an event to the finish line, I can't muster enough words 
of praise. They made it look easy.

We all saw old friends, mourned those no longer with us, and made new 
friends. I've teased those who teared up when they got their awards, there 
were not the only eyes that failed to stay dry. I admit I was tearing up 
too. Although, I was laughing at the time. The awards were well-deserved.

Too many good papers to start naming them, but I learned something new 
almost every hour whether in a session or chatting in between. As always, 
not enough time to say howdy to everyone or spend enough time as I'd have 
liked. I brought my usual pile of books to get signed and bought a couple 
I'd missed along the way. They are all now safely shelved in my library, 
memorials to old friendships, new acquaintances, and are giving off that 
collegial glow that is slow to fade after such a gathering.

I hope everyone who trekked to Elmira can trek to Hannibal in two years. The 
synergy is growing.

You can have your Jane Austen, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, 
Bloodgood Cutter, and Julia Moore Conferences. I prefer Mark Twain.

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-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 12:21 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Au revoir!: Elmira 2017 Highlights

Just posted this in response to John Bird's news about a new "Huckleberry F=
inn" film:The days in Elmira are a wonderful blur of lovely memories -- fro=
m the high level of scholarship and singing (well, that's my story and I'm =
sticking to it) to seeing old friends and making new ones. To all of those =
who were there for the first time . . . y'all come back now.It has been 20 =
years since, at the insistence of Tom Tenney (all praise his memory) I atte=
nded my first Elmira summit, and six conferences later I'm still amazed tha=
t I get to be part of this gathering every four years. Big thanks to Kerry =
and Ann -- and the Elmira team kicking through big time with their first co=
nference: Joe, Matt, Nathaniel and Steve. You done real good.
P.S. Hal Bush, you still owe me a signature in my copy of "The Hemingway Fi=
les." Two years in Hannibal?=20

    On Monday, August 7, 2017 1:06 PM, JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <jah11@CORNEL=
L.EDU> wrote:

Oh! I forgot the other thing I wanted to say :)

I am twice alumni of Elmira college.

I was happy to go to the different buildings for the panels.

Especially the Kohler building, it is the bio/chem building and where I spe=
nt many classes and labs.
It was nice to see the labs unchanged, where I attended and TA'ed and the l=
ounge there where I took my physics course.=C2=A0 Like the sessions at the =
rence, there were many overlaps in courses for me,so profs let me take the =
courses in my "free" time ;) as I did a double major of computers and "pre-=
med" and a double minor of math and music.=C2=A0 It was a great time for me=
and =3D
it was nice to have that "flood" of memory.

The second degree was a masters, ALL in Mark Twain work, that I did over 6 =
years. :)

Thanks :)

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of JULES AUSTIN =
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 10:48 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Au revoir!: Elmira 2017 Highlights

Thanks so much for all the "love" having lost just about the rest of my bio=
=3D3D logical family.
I felt this time, more than the past 45 years, that all of you "Twain" peop=
=3D3D le are my real family.

Thank you for accepting me and your conversations, and kind words.



Ps hope to see many of you in Hannibal in 2 years!

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Click, Ben
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2017 10:14 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Au revoir!: Elmira 2017 Highlights

I'll third Hal and second Joe!=C2=A0 Again this is the most rewarding confe=
=3D3D=C2=A0 I attend for all the reasons we always list:=C2=A0 quality peop=
le and think=3D
ing,=3D3D=C2=A0 and genuine good will. Thank you to all involved.



On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:22 PM, Joseph Csicsila <[log in to unmask]> wrote=

> I'd second Hal's sentiments and add big thanks to Ann and Kerry for=3D3D2=
> the mont=3D3D3D hs of grinding work as conference co-directors that=3D20
> went=3D3D20 into helping put to=3D3D3D gether such a great three days.=3D=
> Congratulations, too, to the five honorees for 2017: Barb, Shelly,=3D3D20=
> Kent, Lau=3D3D3D ra, and Linda.=3D3D3D20
> =3D3D3D20
> Safe travels everyone!
> Joe Csicsila
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Aug 6, 2017, at 7:13 AM, Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >=3D3D3D20
> > Well, my friends, it was a blast.=C2=A0 OK, I'll bite: here is the=3D3D=
> >official=C2=A0 place to post your favorite moments and memories.=C2=A0 I=
> >love=3D3D20 to hear=C2=A0 anyone's thoughts on the experience, so please=
> >"reply" & ad=3D3D
d on...
> >=3D3D3D20
> > --Elmira College and the Center are in great hands:=C2=A0 Joe & Matt=3D=
> >and=3D3D20 staff=C2=A0 did spectacularly and I am so grateful having the=
m at=3D20
> >the=3D3D20 helm.=C2=A0 Well
> > done:=C2=A0 many people remarked on their enthusiasm and vision going=
> >forwar=3D3D
> > --Much stirring talk about humor, satire, wit, jokes, and/or some
> variatio=3D3D3D
> n
> > of that subject area, over several sessions:=C2=A0 turns out Jim Caron =
> quite=3D3D3D
> > the humorist!=C2=A0 Except he may not like being called that...=C2=A0 a=
> > everyone
> I=3D3D3D
> > consulted agrees that it should have been real whiskey, not iced=3D3D20=
> > tea,
> they=3D3D3D
> > were sipping...
> > --Japan wins again for most represented nation outside the USA!!
> Otsukare=3D3D3D
> > sama deshita!!=C2=A0 One scholar, a Syrian national, was unable to=3D20
> >join=3D3D20 us due=C2=A0 to the travel ban -- which we learned from a te=
> >Matt=3D3D20 Seybold.=C2=A0 Matt=C2=A0 was not the only person moved to t=
ears over=3D20
> >the weekend =3D3D
by the way ...
> > --Great turnout and good weather -- and as usual, it was the PEOPLE=3D2=
> >=3D3D20 involved that made being at Elmira 2017 very special and memorab=
> >=3D3D3D20
> > gratefully, --Hal B.
> >=3D3D3D20
> >=3D3D3D20
> >=3D3D3D20
> >=3D3D3D20
> > --=3D3D3D20
> > Prof. Harold K. Bush
> > Professor of English
> > 3800 Lindell
> > Saint Louis University
> > St. Louis, MO=C2=A0 63108
> > 314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h)
> > <>
> >=3D3D3D20
> >

Ben Click
Professor, English
Director, Writing & Speaking Center
Director, Twain Lecture Series on
American Humor and Culture
(240) 895-4253
St. Mary's College of Maryland