As many of you know from past experience, it's a long-standing tradition for the Mark Twain Circle to sponsor an annual reception at ALA. This year, however, we gather not just to drink and schmooze as usual, but to honor a very special person—Vic Fischer. When I first proposed this idea a year ago at the 2015 Circle business meeting, it was because I'd heard that Vic had retired from the Mark Twain Papers in February after nearly forty years of indefatigable service. Little did I know how short-lived this alleged “retirement” would be, and that six months later—much to our great fortune and delight—Vic would be back at his desk in the Bancroft Library two days a week. So officially—for the record—we're not celebrating Vic's retirement or semiretirement this evening, but his extraordinary legacy of work.

While I can't hope to possibly list all of Vic's contributions to Mark...

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