Friday, February 27, 2015

Tribute to Prof. Monroe Freedman

My favorite Monroe story:

In addition to his legion of accomplishments and contributions to the legal community, Monroe had a delightful sense of humor.  He provided what is still my all-time favorite Reference question.  He wanted to know the speed of the Earth’s rotation and how fast the Earth traveled around the sun.  He was to participate in a debate as part of a benefit event.  As a card-carrying member of the Flat Earth Society (or so he told me), he planned to argue that if the Earth moved at the speeds indicated, everyone would have motion sickness.

Monroe, for your humanity writ large and small, you will be missed.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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