Date: Tue, 3 Oct 1995 09:07:38 -0400
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: Bar Time???
Bar time? Never heard it.
I've always heard "Last call" -- from my early bar-drinking days in
Fayetteville, AR (where at that time "bars" served only beer, because
likker by the drink was more wicked than likker by the bottle) down to
whenever I stopped being in bars that late, which was several years ago.
THE "bar" is Fayetteville was George's Majestic Lounge, always called
simply "George's." It was right by the rr tracks a few blocks from UA and
it was the only "bar" in walking distance of the U. Therefore, it was THE
grad student late-evening hangout. There was a story about a Ph.D.
student in lit. who, when invited by the oral exam. commiteee to step
out for a bit, walked straight to George's, where the comm. found him
eventually to congratulate him on having passed.
But my fav oral exam story is about the candidte who got so nervous during
oral exams that he wouldn't answer ANY questions. Eventually the
commm. congregated at a Friday evening party at Ben Kimpel's house on
a Fri. evening, watched the candidate drink enough to be relaxed, then
quietly surrounded him and proceeded to conduct the oral exam.
sub rosa. He passed.
Ah, Fayetteville. That was actually the sort of world I thought I
would be living in when I got a Ph.D.!
I obviously have not had enough coffee yet! Enough!