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Voices Spring-Summer, 2007:
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Voices SS07


Volume 33

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The Absentminded Professor: A Case Study of an Academic Legend Cycle
by Michael Taft

16 Mind-Builders: Training Youth Interns as Beginning Folklorists
by Deidre Lynn Hollman

25 Hoops, Hebrews, and the Hudson River League
by John Thorn

32 Voices of Others: Personal Narratives in the Folklife Festival
by Barbara Cohen-Stratyner

40 Peeling the Pop: Exploring a Tradition in Orkney
by Michael A. Lange

Departments and Columns
2 Announcements

3 Creative Ethnography
Don’t Anyone Walk Around Barefoot: Life in a College Town’s Second-Run Theater

by Meg Nicholas

8 Upstate
From Gypsy Lane to Tupper Road to State Highway 310

by Varick A. Chittenden

9 Downstate

by Steve Zeitlin

14 Creative Writing
A Recipe from Grandmother’s Diary

by Edward DeZurko

14 Letter to the Editor

15 E-Resources
More Than Just Text for Free

by Kathleen Condon

30 Good Spirits
Ghosts That Refuse to Go Away

by Libby Tucker

31 Foodways
Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plate

by Lynn Case Ekfelt

37 Artist Profile
Alberta Nell Romano: The Story of My Dolls

38 In Praise of Women
Vaughn Ramsey Ward (1939-2001)

by Eileen Condon

39 Play
Bruegel and Me

by John Thorn

46 Reading Culture
The Press and Folk Arts

by Tom van Buren

47 Books to Note

Alberta Nell Romano
Cover: Alberta Nell Romano, Maple Downs Retirement Community. Photo: John M. McMahon.

From the Spring-Summer 2007 issue of Voices:
The breadth of articles in this issue is extraordinary, ranging from a description of a college-town theater’s culture, to an academic legend cycle, an intern program for inner-city youth, the story of “this crazy American jumping” (basketball), and the use of personal narratives in Smithsonian Institution folklife festivals.

In this issue we are pleased to introduce a new column by Eileen Condon. “In Praise of Women” will focus on the work of women in folklore and folk arts in New York State. Eileen’s first column highlights the work of Vaughn Ramsey Ward (1939-2001), one of a number of women nominated last summer by those responding to a NYfolk-list query asking folklorists to identify women whose unique contributions to the field had inspired others. Subsequent columns will introduce the nominees, incorporating the praises offered by colleagues. This issue’s profile of Vaughn is based on a December 2006 interview with her husband and colleague, George Ward.

“The Story of My Dolls,” which documents the life and needlework of Alberta Nell Romano, represents the first contribution to a new regular feature, “Artist Profile.” We hope that readers will send us profiles, so that Voices can continue to recognize the work of the many talented folk artists and citizens of New York State.

Please continue to keep us in mind for your research, your reports, your stories, and your poems. Our journal is only as good as the writing you submit to us.

Felicia Faye McMahon, PhD
Acquisitions Editor
New York Folklore Society


UMT employees with Groucho Marx classes

Luz Solis performs with two traditional dancers at folk cultural presentation at Mind-Builders

The Seventeenth Separate Company Team (basketball), Flushing New York

Street games in NYC area of Smithsonian Folklife Festival, 2001

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