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Pat ballew

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[ap-stat] Paying on an old debt
Posted: Sep 28, 2004 1:45 AM
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This is not an AP Stats item, but I thought worth sharing...

I posted my first plea for help on this list in August of 95 (the only other
thread that month was a note from Dick Sheaffer, the month before had a
single post from Prof Bob Hayden ..... what a change) My first post was
answered by Chris Olsen (how many hundreds can say that by now) and over the
last nine years I have benefitted from the "two cents worth" of several
dozen of you. Last night I found a use for all that loose change.

Over the years I had come to feel I knew many of the regular contributors,
and had the chance to meet some of them at different times (always finding
them more intelligent and interesting in person, as hard as that is to
imagine); but I never met the "man behind the curtain", Jim Swift, who has
ran the technical side of this list since it began.

As chance would have it, Jim came to England to visit family this week,
and as he was only a 1/2 hours drive away, I imposed on him to meet me at
Ely Cathedral (dating to the 6th century, so it helped both of us feel
younger than we really are) and walked to a pub dating back to the 16th
century only a half a block away (close enough not to ruin the youthful
feeling we had previously acquired). At that point I combined some of the
"two cents" I had been getting over the years and bought Jim a well-deserved
pint of bitters as a "thank you" from the few who know he is back there
pulling the levers, and the many who roll along without thinking of the
effort he puts in. He is an incredibly interesting and entertaining fellow,
and if you get the chance, you might pop for pint just for the company...

And for the many others who have bailed me out over the years, I still have
a few quid left from the many tuppence of response, so if you're coming
over, drop me note and I'll have the publican pull a pint for you too...

Pat Ballew
Lakenheath, UK


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