Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 11:16:48 -0400

From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Re: next conference

Having just conducted a thorough inspection of the site, including an

overnite stay in a remodeled suite (o, the sacrifices my job requires, all

for your benefit), I can add to Larry's report -

The Barclay is finishing a $5 million remodeling. All suites now have fully

equipped kitchens, with glasses, dishes, utensils, coffee maker (and Kona

coffee), microwave, refrigerator with icemaker - you can store your favorite

beverage, or a carryout from a neighborhood restaurant.

All meeting rooms are on the 6th floor. Elevators are faster now.

The former meeting room on top level has become an exercise room, with

weights, stationary cycles, stair steppers. If you tire of the lake and city

view, you can watch TV while you work out.

Complimentary full breakfast in the former Barclay Club on 7th floor.

Unfortunately, it's now serve yourself, and (at least when we visited) even

the coffee cups are styrofoam. (Back in your room, however, are real ceramic


The Barclay is nomenclaturally challenged. If you call 800 - 833-4353, you'll

get the Summerfield Suites national number, and then will have to punch your

way to the Summerfield Suites downtown Chicago, aka Barclay. The remodeled

sign on the front of the hotel says only, Summerfield Suites; but while we

were there, they added a banner reading Barclay. Anyhow, be prepared for

either name; the place and the rate are still the same.

The sept issue of the Newsletter of the American Dialect Society will have

further details. If you aren't an ADS member, you can get a copy of that when

it's published, and membership information, by sending your s-mail address to


- Allan Metcalf, ADS executive secretary AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]