jparish at siue.edu
Tue, 18 Nov 2003 08:01:16 -0600
<The curtain rises. The infernal machine still sits at midstage, but it is
quiescent, and a sign reading "Out of Order" (in a strange and spiky
font) hangs from it. The stout fellow comes onstage. This time he is
dressed in full academic regalia. He turns to the audience at center
It is said, hyperbolically, by some that All Knowledge Is Contained In
It is said, with even more exaggeration, by a few that All Knowledge Is
Contained On The List.
But it is a near-certainty that All Knowledge Is Accessible To today's
birthday celebrant, Lois Aleta Fundis.
Lois is, in no particular order, a reference librarian, an expat
Pittsburgher, a current West Virginian, and "the other Lois", and her
presence on the list (and, no doubt, off it as well) has helped settle
many a dispute. Thank you, Lois, and may you long continue to grace
Amazon reports that the Encyclopedias Barrayanica and Betanica are
"not yet published", so your birthday present will be slightly delayed.
Accept our best wishes for the day and the year, in their (temporary)
<He departs, with a wistful glance at the inert machine.>