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So I got a random call this afternoon, as sometimes happens, and in short Dolores Huerta was visiting on campus, someone told her about our Scifi collection, and they came over for a tour. (She adores Asimov's work, also loves Frankenstein, Fahrenheit 451 and Alice in Wonderland.) She was also all a-geek when I mentioned our Mesopotamian clay tablets, so I called Todd, and we hooked up and co-geeked with her on printing history and stuff. Apparently back in the early days of the NFWA, she and César Chávez and some others worked in a printing shop to print up their "radical literature" for dissemination and all, so she was all "OMG you guys have a printing press!" and we were all "WE DO!"

So she was there for a couple hours and then had to leave to catch her flight home. She hugged me and gave me a ring and called me a "little angel" which is kind of hilarious since I'm almost a foot taller than her, but I mean, she's 81 and she's so lively, it's like, what must she have been like in the 60s, y'know?? I'm still wearing the ring (I will probably wear it for a long time, gods willing), and I think it might be a moodring as it was green when she gave it to me, and it has largely been lapis-blue since I've put it on, though it has gone back to green and then verged on purple and reddish.

So, yeah. Still flailing. *G*

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blue_jack
Sep. 14th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
That sounds so awesome!!! :DDDDD
marthawells
Sep. 14th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Awesome!
caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
*G*G* I'm still all kind of bouncy ridiculous over it! :)
treksnoopy
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
*twirls you with glee*
caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
*squishes you delightedly*
amine_eyes
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
WOW that sounds so AWESOME!!!! :DD
caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
*G*G* Like I said, fangirlish FLAILING!!!
morfin
Sep. 14th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
Incredibly cool, and quickly followed by "OMIGOD we have Mesopotamian clay tablets at the library!!!" How did I live here 34 years (including a couple of years working in the library) without knowing that?
caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we've had them since the 70s too. We also just bought an Egyptian scarab from the reign of Thutmosis III (Hatshepsut's kid...it might have been done during her regency, I'll have to check..) !

Our next exhibit opening is going to be around November 17, and will be history of the book/printing (Witty Title TBD!), so we'll have some of those on display with a bunch of our other shinies. Ya'll should come!
rubynye
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
A meeting of heroines!
caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
She's a heroine, *I'm* a nerd!! ;)
weepingnaiad
Sep. 14th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
That's incredible, bb!

caitri
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
*G*G* I know right!!! And she also sent a nice note to my boss this afternoon, so he's extra pleased with me too!!!!!
kimuracarter
Sep. 15th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
That sounds so fun! ^_^
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