The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1137  Friday, 2 June 2000.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, May 15, 2000
Subject:        Thank You!!

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Yesterday, Mike Jensen wrote in recognition of Tanya Gough:

>Hardy, I did count to ten.  I know you want messages like "well done,"
>and "you go girl" to be sent off list.  Sometimes things ought to be
>said before the world, and I think thanking Tanya for trying so hard is
>an example.  She is doing it for us all.
>Thanking people publicly.  Hmmm...

A few hours later, I received a message from Mike Jensen announcing,
"You work hard for the enjoyment and enlightenment of all of us, and we
want to say thank you.  We know you received an award a couple of years
back, but you can't spend that!  How does a BIG gift certificate to Poor
Yorick CD and Video Emporium sound to you?"

Mike went on to explain how Pervez Rizvi wrote to the entire list and
how through Tanya Gough's resources members have donated money for "a
BIG gift certificate to Poor Yorick CD and Video Emporium."

Mike added, "Hardy, on behalf of Pervez, Tanya, myself, and the many,
many list members who contributed, thank you for all the years of hard
work, diligence, I'm sure frustration, and putting up with all of us who
can't even count to ten."

I am very humbled by this extremely kind gesture of appreciation, and I
wish to thank everyone.

I often say that editing SHAKSPER is a labor of love (see next posting
for further information about Branagh's LLL), and it is; it is what I
look forward to during my workday. My wife sometimes tells me that all
that I do is edit the list and do my job. While this is not completely
true, I hope after next year to be unburdened of administrative
responsibilities so that I can dedicate more of my time to scholarship.
I am at an age where I need to do what I love and right now that is
working with SHAKSPER, editing electronic texts, and writing.

Your tangible gift of appreciation reminds me of Jean Hagen's lines from
*Singin' in the Rain,* which go something to the effect of "It makes us
realize that our hard work ain't been done in vain."

Thank you,

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