Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:07:24 -0400

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Allen Walker Read

I'm very disappointed that Allen Walker Read, whom I and I am sure many

others on this list hold in the deepest respect, is mentioned in a message

which contains barely disguised racist and linguistically ignorant asides.

How long ago did Bill Labov write 'The Logic of Nonstandard English'? I've

never heard an NBA player or prospect 'who can hardly talk.'

Dennis Preston

(Who had the head for it and the shot, but whose general physical

attributes somehow kept him out of the NBA)

Allen Walker Read is an American hero, and it's really pathetic that

he's not as honored and recognized, say, as an 18-year-old NBA prospect who

can hardly talk.

Ninety years! Hurrah!!

I've updated the "O.K." story, and it will appear (with many photos of

O.K. items) in the next American Political Items Collectors KEYNOTER

magazine. You can contact this organization at

Dennis R. Preston

Department of Linguistics and Languages

Michigan State University

East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA


Office: (517)432-1235

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