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Created by John Eipper on 12/19/11 9:32 PM

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JE Visit, 18 December (Leslie Robinson, USA, 12/19/11 9:32 pm)

I had a delightful visit yesterday with John and his charming wife Aldona. They were on their way to the WAIS board meeting at Stanford. My message to the Board: Keep Eipper going on his present path--he juggles many disparate elements expertly. I am so impressed with him; what a good choice he was to succeed Prof. Ronald Hilton!

JE comments: Ah, Les, your check is in the mail! Seriously, it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with you in Stockton. I very much enjoyed our conversation about Professor Hilton, our respective careers as Hispanists and all our shared languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian). Stay well, Les! I look forward to our next encounter.

The WAIS Board met today from 10 AM through about 3:30, at Paul Pitlick's home.  It was a most productive meeting.  I'll be sharing details in the coming days about two or three new WAIS initiatives.

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  • JE Visit (Jon Kofas, Greece 12/21/11 5:27 AM)
    I've never met JE, but I agree with Les Robinson (18 December) that he was the best choice to succeed Professor Hilton, whose legacy JE has served so well in the last five years or so.

    It is virtually impossible to be editor of a Forum such as WAIS offers, to balance disparate views, to deal with fragile egos and to maintain a sense of enthusiasm about the entire enterprise. JE does all this and he does it with style owing to his communication skills, which brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Virginia Woolf: 
    "The interest in life does not lie in what people do, nor even in their relations to each other, but largely in the power to communicate with a third party, antagonistic, enigmatic, yet perhaps persuadable, which one may call life in general."

    Best wishes to JE and his loved ones for the Holiday Season!

    JE comments: Goodness, Jon, my Christmas present came early this year! I am flattered, and indeed hope that we'll soon have the chance to meet in person.  In the meantime, best Holiday wishes to you and yours.

    Speaking of "JE visits," we're now home from our energizing, WAIS-related trip to California. My thanks to Les Robinson, Paul Pitlick, Janet St. Peter, Laarni von Ruden, Roman Zhovtulya, Cameron Sawyer and Francisco Ramírez for sharing their time with me. What is it that makes WAIS worthwhile? The people, hands down.

    Happy Holidays to all.

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