Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 11:47:05 -0600

From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU

Subject: Re: The ADS crystal ball

Thanks to Don Larmouth for the reminder that LSA decided to quit meet

ng with MLA. Would it make any difference if MLA and LSA met in the same

place again? If so, aren't there a lot of us who are LSA members, who

could lobby for a change?

I mention this cause I hate to give up the MLA affiliation. I don't mean

I like it; like Bethany, I feel allergic to it, maybe because no one at

MLA speaks English anymore (and I don't mean the foreign language people).

But there are advantages, at least for people like me who have spouses

or functional equivalent who have reason to go to MLA. But as someone

pointed out, there are things like the present-day English sesssion,

stuff for medievalists--a lot of ADSers are medievalists, I

believe--Language and Society and others. And I say this even though I

only go when it's in Chicago and I don't have to go on a plane.

On the other hand, I have thought of one advantage for the April spearate

meeting--would it be possible for such a meeting to occur in someplace

other than one of the horrible cities where MLA meets, someplace where you

don't feel you need to rent an armored car to drive around in, like

Urbana or Madison or Omaha? Oops, sorry for the heartland bias--Lexington?

Vail? (summer only) Panama City Beach? Iowa City? Lawrence?

Fayetteville? How's Knoxville in the Spring, anyway? Athens? All such


sized places, esp. if there's a big U. there, could probalby accomodate

ADS without the hassle and stress of the huge megapolitan horrors. I only

tolerate Chicago cause its close; I never want to go to NYC again.

Oh, Charlottesville is nice, too. And I'll cast two votes for Chapel Hill.

Tim Frazer

PS Bloomington (Ill or Indiana, but not Minnesota) is/are nice too