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Author: John Mahoney
September-October 2021
Volume 54 , Issue 4
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Dear Reader,
According to my dictionary, an archive is a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution or group of people.

I will be leaving soon as AMEU’s executive director and editor of The Link and I would like to join our readers in a visit to our 53-year-old  archive.

I have singled out a handful of issues that contain information which, to my knowledge, is not available elsewhere. Space alone has limited the number of issues I could have selected.

Every issue of The Link going back to 1968 is easily accessed and downloaded by going to www.ameu.org, then go to “The Link” tab and select “Catalog of All Link Issues.”  There you will find a brief description of each issue and can click on the title to bring it up as a PDF.

Now, I would like to use the rest of this column to say thanks.

Thanks first to you our loyal reader.  Your voluntary subscriptions and additional contributions make it possible for us to send The Link to over 900 public and school libraries.

And thanks to the members of our Board of Directors and National Council, past and present, for their commitment and guidance.
I thank Shibabaw Wubetu, our office manager from 1986 to 2016, and  his  successor, Michelle Boyd for their dedicated service.

And thanks to my daughter Siobhan and my son Ryan both of whom travelled to conference sites to promote AMEU publications. (Ryan actually did the cover design for several Link issues, including the one for the Musht shown on page 10.)

And to Sharon, my bride of 53 years.  In June 1982 Sharon, a nurse, was working in a makeshift   ER room in the basement of a Beirut hotel.  On the first day of Israel’s bombardment, an implosion bomb hit a yellow school bus on an open highway.  When the children were brought into the hotel their bodies were so inflated Sharon could not tell if they were boys or girls.  Two weeks later, she was one of the first Americans to return from Beirut. And she told what she had seen to multiple media outlets, including an interview with Jane Pauley, then with NBC’s Today program.   I thank Sharon for being Sharon.

Now, lets visit our archive and let our past illuminate our present.  Then, on page 15, let us welcome in our new executive director and fix our eyes on the future.

John F. Mahoney
Executive Director

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