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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0721  Friday, 30 March 2001

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, March 30, 2001
Subject:        SHAKSPER

Dear SHAKSPEReans:

I am in a rather awkward position. As moderator I edit all posting. That
means if for any reason I am not able to edit, you, as members, do not
receive digests. I believe that as editor I should try as much as I can
to keep my personal life personal. However, there has been a long hiatus
and that hiatus will be continuing for a bit longer. During my years of
SHAKSPER's stewardship, many of my family members have died -- my
mother-in-law, mother, father-in-law, a sister-in-law, and before
Christmas a brother-in-law who was only seven years older than I -- and
I have through this been able to keep SHAKSPER going with only minimal
interruptions. This is not the case right now.

Weekend before last I attended my aunt's funeral in South Carolina. I
returned with a case of bronchitis that kept me in bed for a week. What
got me out of bed was my father's dying last Sunday after a prolonged,
six-month illness. He was a good man and had a wonderful life.

My wife is making a presentation at one of her professional
organizations this week and we have long-planned to attend together with
our two daughters.  I was hoping to wake up this morning, the day after
the funeral, and be able to catch up with the literally hundreds of
messages in my mailbox. Announce that I would be away until Wednesday.
Catch the plane this afternoon. Edit the digests on Wednesday and
announce that I would be away for another conference until Sunday. Then
announce when I was leaving for the SAA. But I do not known how much if
any I will be able to catch up with.

One thing I can explain. There are files on the SHAKSPER fileserver that
change on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The Welcome Letter changes
weekly. On Saturday, I mailed a copy of the Welcome Letter to everyone
rather than just to the server. I hope this clears up that mystery.

Another clarification: there have been some technical issues with
starting the SHAKSPER Website. It has not always been up. It appears
that Eric has made a temporary fix and all should be well until this
summer when he and I will need to do some upgrading.

I will be catching up as I can and I hope that I do not miss posting any
time-sensitive announcement late.

Thanks to everyone for all of your support and encouragement over the
years, but I would appreciate your not sending me private messages until
I am able to catch up.

Hardy

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