If Moosejaw is filled to the brim with imported SUV's and McMansions then, yeah, that's me.
Otherwise, Bedford Hills is a few latitude away from Moosejaw. I live in Brewster, which used to
have no McMansions and now has many.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roger and Allison Kulp" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 9:35 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Zits cartoon strip
> You sound like Jim Qwilleran,out there in Moosejaw! : - )
> Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Here's an example of where libraries are still very
> useful, for now.
> I work in Bedford Hills, NY. On nice days, I like to put on my iPod and take a brisk walk around
> town at lunchtime. I like to look around at the old houses and once in a while notice something
> interesting, one being a horse trough with a memorial inscription in a stone wall that surrounds a
> church. Now, where else except the Bedford Hills library am I likely to find out the story behind
> that memorial? Turns out they have a whole Bedford/Bedford Hills/Westchester County area with a
> little table on which to read the books. Most of these books and documents are one-offs and don't
> circulate. The librarian was so excited that someone wanted to learn something about the little
> hamlet that she helped me zero in on the info in just a few minutes. It's an interesting story of
> robbery foiled and an upstanding citizen murdered but I forgot the exact details so don't want to
> any myth-making here.
> Point is, no place but the Bedford Hills library is going to have that info. This whole idea of
> information being online" is only true to a point. I find that there is a lot of common knowledge
> easily accessible online, and a whole sewer/slum of myths, rumors and garbage (I had to do massive
> corrections to a few entries on Whacky Packia, so I do not trust anything there or on anything
> it) and some obscure academic materials. But I am dismayed about what's NOT up there. Stuff like
> local news (except what's in the local crapola Gannett newspaper), local history. There are vast
> holes in historic audio and documents (part of this is the seeming obsession by some collection
> holders to just, well, hold on to things instead of make things available to us unwashed masses --
> can cite MANY museums, libraries and academic archives; all I can figure is that it's a power
> "I and only I hold this material and you'll only use it on my very restrictive terms").
> Another library example that just popped into my mind is the downstairs of the Saranac Lake
> library -- a huge collection of all things Adirondacks. I've spent several rainy days in there,
> completely engrossed.
> -- Tom Fine
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