Date: Fri, 19 Dec 1997 19:04:51 -0600

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

Subject: Re: Reconsidering ADS publication arrangements

Its probably premature until the executive committee sees all the

publisher's proposals, but I have this initial reaction to the publishing


1. Emotionally, I hate to see the break with Alabama Press. UAP has

published PADS for years, I think perhaps from the beginning, or at least

since it was PADS. It's an old tradition. My personal experience with

all the people at UAP has been excellent. When I started my book project,

I sent my first inquiry directly to Mr. MacDonald, and he gave me a lot of

encouragement, even sent an inquiry when I let the project lag. Without

his positive support, I am not sure I would ever have finished the book.

If there is any way the Alabama proposal can be made competitve, I would

want to see it get every consideration.

2. Having let my heart speak first, I would have to say the Duke proposal

looks very competitve. I did not know either about the $35,000 dollar

subvention. Moreover, during Ron Butters' excellent tenure, American

Speech has had a connection with Duke for

a number of years. We aren't, presumably, dealing with strangers.

3. I don't know if physical space is important in this electronic age,

but if it is, it seems good that Connie, the editor of American Speech, is


down the road at Chapel Hill.

4. When people are evaluated for tenure, "Duke University" on the title

page of your book or article doesn't hurt.

To sum up, it hurts to think of the connection with UAP broken. I hope

that isn't necessary. But if that's where we are, the Duke offer looks

awfully good. Of course, that's all a first-hand remark.


PS Let me add my thanks to Bethany's for the committee's work up to this