[Air-l] AOIR organization
nellison at msu.edu
Thu Oct 26 13:50:27 PDT 2006
Yes, NCA in New York it was.... I distinctly remembering all going
out to a deli afterwards and encountering my first $15 sandwich ;-)
On Oct 26, 2006, at 3:14 PM, Steve Jones wrote:
> I'm pretty sure NCA was first...the Drake conference was, I think, in
> October 1998, then NCA was in November in New York, and I think we
> had that first meeting at the Marriott, the conference hotel,
> followed by a meeting at ICA in San Francisco.
> Nancy, is that your recollection as well?
> And Gil, you're quite right, Nancy deserves special recognition for
> hosting that first conference. It was the first "realization" if you
> will of what had been a largely virtual association until then, and
> it set the tone for future conferences. All those who attended that
> conference in Lawrence deserve a nod, too, because it was more than a
> bit of a leap of faith to attend. I mean, it was an association in
> name only, there was no track record of good conferences (or bad ones
> for that matter), so it was pretty amazing, and gratifying, that so
> many people showed up. It certainly got AoIR conferences off on the
> right foot!
> And Jeremy deserves special recognition for enabling the
> association's...virtuality (that sounds more fun than "technology"
> somehow). He was tireless, brimming with ideas, and a great
> colleague. The Pratt Institute is lucky to have snagged him.
> On Oct 26, 2006, at 2:02 PM, Gilbert B. Rodman wrote:
>> Let me second Nancy's comments below ... while also noting (since
>> too modest to do so) that she hosted the very first AoIR
>> conference, and
>> I'd suggest that any list of the association's major early organizers
>> has to include her name as well.
>> As long as I'm writing, though, I've got a quick question about
>> mini-history: Was that first "let's do this" meeting at NCA or ICA?
>> I've got a ragged brown T-shirt suggesting that this was ICA in May
>> in San Francisco ... but maybe that was the second "let's do this"
>> Nancy Baym wrote:
>>>>> Who is the single most important person? (not necessarily the
>>>>> current leadership)
>>>> Unless, of course, you mean this in terms of the original
>>>> organization of AoIR, in which case...I guess it would have to be
>>> It is not hubris for Steve Jones to say this, it's a simple fact.
>>> Although many of us contributed to getting it off the ground, the
>>> association would never have happened without Steve's leadership.
>>> although he has stepped back from that role considerably now, his
>>> legacy looms large in the association's ethos.
>>> Jeremy Hunsinger should also be noted for having built the technical
>>> structures through which AoIR has operated since 1998 (a role now
>>> served by Alex Halavais) and serving as program chair of our first
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