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Readers of the journal who did not attend General Interest Session No. 243 at the Annual Meeting in Toronto last April missed an extraordinary occasion: Jim Wilson, editor of volumes 8 to 13, was rather thoroughly roasted by his colleagues. Presentations were made by several distinguished scholars (names available on request; all were old enough to know better), including an original analysis of Wilson's epistolary style; an imaginative account, in saga form, of the grizzled editor entering Valhalla; some erudite impressions of encounters between the editor and the Editorial Board; and a plaintive ballad in which the Job-like editor lamented his fate. The spectators were so moved by the dramatic display of scholarship and talent that sessions in the two adjacent rooms were disrupted. Regrettably, no recording was made of the event; it lives on only in the memories of the participants. Dick Shumway recently quoted a British colleague as observing that Americans insult one another as a way of showing special friendship. Ample special friendship for Jim Wilson was shown in Toronto.

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