Tuesday, July 13, 2004

20 years? More like two or three, surely...

Friday, July 13th, 1984. Several hundred of us, dressed up as if we were real academics, parade around the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh, are invested with academic magic, and emerge, sheepishly, clutching our little red cardboard tubes. We had, I recall, a rather splendid evening the night before, we saw each other briefly on the day, and then we were gone, newly-qualified graduates (honours graduates!) all, off to be linguists or something else.

Something Else, mostly, I suspect. I remembered this anniversary about a week ago, but there has been no time to do anything about it since. Tonight, in a rare bout of peace, I tried to contact some of them. It's been a bit of a struggle, and so this is my final resort. Here is the roll of honour, in the hope that one or two of them might Google their name someday, and find us that way. Well, it worked for Ranoch Donald.

  • Stephanie Markman

  • G. M Anderson (Graeme)

  • Laura Barnett

  • Jacqueline C. Gulland

  • R. Lickley (Robin)

  • Janice Parkin

  • Susan E. Sentance

  • Catherine A. Urquhart

  • Jaqueline M. Young

  • Janet P. Hawkins

  • Kirsty V. Jeffery

  • Fiona Kennedy

  • Fiona A. Lawrence

  • Margaret Purcell

  • R. M. Watt (who he?)

  • Also:
    Linguistics with AI:
  • H.I.Tobermann (Harald)

  • English Lang and Linguistics:
  • Gillian Lindsay

  • Valerie M Wilkie

  • Italian and Linguistics:
  • Melissa M. Cudmore

  • Marietta di Ciacca

Well, you never know. I raise a virtual glass to you all - wherever you may be. Maybe someone else is out there, remembering that day...

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