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Created by John Eipper on 11/24/22 3:24 AM

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Thankfulness for All, But Especially for Bert Westbrook and Eddie Mears (John Eipper, USA, 11/24/22 3:24 am)

This Thanksgiving, I extend a special thanks to the first WAISers to respond to the WAIS Wednesday fundraising appeal.  David A (Bert) Westbrook and Edward Mears, both accomplished JDs, have proven that lawyers do indeed have a heart.

Neither needs an introduction.  Bert Westbrook is one of the very first WAISers I met in person, at the Stanford conference of 2006.  Since that time he has visited Adrian College as a keynote speaker, and has been an honored guest at WAIS HQ on several occasions.  I am proud to call him a close friend.  Admittedly, Bert's love is sometimes of the tough variety:  a deep thinker and tireless writer, Bert is quick to call me out when the Forum becomes sloppy or slips into facile argumentation.  For this I am thankful.


Fellow Michigan Wolverine Edward Mears was elevated to full WAIShood only recently, but we've known him for a long time.  Eddie came to WAIS through his father, WAIS stalwart Pat Mears, who turned our beloved organization into a family affair.  Eddie's WAISliness is beyond question:  an expat in Tokyo, he has traveled widely, especially in Asia.  I remember with particular fascination Eddie's 2010 visit to North Korea and subsequent report, as well as his wedding earlier this year to Kaho, in a breathtaking Ainu ceremony.  I have yet to meet Eddie in person, but someday, and on some continent, I'm sure our paths will cross.


WAIS Wednesday is still six days away.  Please join Bert and Eddie!  Remember there are two ways to contribute:

1.  Via snail-mail (payable to WAIS), c/o John Eipper, Goldsmith Center, Adrian College, Adrian Michigan 49221 USA

2.  Via PayPal at donate@waisworld.org

Why not pause today from gluttony and watching American football's newest phenomenon, the surging Detroit Lions (three wins in a row!), and make a contribution?  Each new contributor gets a profile on the Forum--unless, of course, you prefer to remain on the sidelines.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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  • Thanksgiving Greetings to My American Friends (Consoly Leon Arias, Spain / Canary 11/24/22 5:35 AM)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    JE comments:  Thank you Consoly!  One of my most memorable TGs was spent in Granada, way back in the Dark Ages (1985).  Our Dartmouth study-abroad group managed to find a restaurant willing to prepare a turkey.  At least they said it was a turkey, as it didn't look or taste like the hormone-gorged birds we know on these shores.

    Thanksgiving is possibly my favorite holiday, with rest, feasting, good fellowship, and no pressure to exchange gifts.  I don't want to sound too chauvinistic, but this is the type of American "soft power" the whole world should embrace.

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  • Dining on Turkey...or Peru? (Mendo Henriques, Portugal 11/24/22 8:31 AM)
    Thanksgiving greetings to US WAISers!

    In Portuguese, we give the turkey its original country's name "Peru." We eat "Peru de Natal" on Christmas, the 25th. In "Ceia de Natal" on the 24th we Portuguese have the tradition of eating cod, "bacalhau."


    JE comments:  In the Slavic lands, the turkey is some version of "Indeika," the bird of the Americas (Indies).  Interestingly for the Portuguese, the bird is not from Peru but Mexico. At least they got the continent right. Turkey?

    Hunger is building in WAISworld...

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