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  • From: "Ron Iles" <roniles@eircom.net>
  • Date: Wed, 16 May 2001 23:55:35 -0500 (CDT)


I am very concerned about the distressing turmoil alien to me.
We love plants especially Aroids and ALL want to do our best.
These matters need extremely speedy resolution.  I cannot remain in such
unresolved doubt.   Am I going to be the first IAS Newsletter Editor who
lasts only a few WEEKS?   Will someone
define unequivocally what MY eventual unpaid job specifications might be?
Or shall I use a DIVINING ROD, Crystal BALL or my feeble IMAGINATION?

Aroideana IS a long distinguished and prestigious Botanical Journal in parts
of which acknowledged Authorities publish "PAPERS" for posterity.   Its
Editor finally decides WHAT is in it, HOW it is presented for the "market"
and WHY and WHEN, the on-off switch.  If one looks at the Aroideana Index
for ALL issues apart from the "Academic" there are also parts which are
biographical, for Aroid breeding and culture, ecology, "Helpful hints"*,
history, Institutional Collections*,  letters*, queries*, literature* and
reviews*, new Members*, Obituaries*, Packing/Shipping*, A POEM(!)(Glory
Be!), Aroid Postage Stamps, Aroid propagation, aroids as food etc.   (Some
of the starred items might be also pertinent in a Newsletter?).

The IAS Newsletter is presumably for NEWS and for the things of importance
to Members between issues of Aroideana?  So far for the "next" Newsletter I
have only two provisional contributions one a short helpful tip from a Plant
Grower, the other a list of International Aroid Researchers.   So what makes
the NEWS and how do I add the LETTER part?   I can rise to the latter but
not YOUR part of the former!

What is the Newsletter for?  Some of us stick our necks and say things which
are NOT for the World and his Wife
in Aroid L that as an IAS MEMBER I would rather say to all
within IAS confines.   Other, some not IAS, seem safer
behind their trees hoping their particular tree won't be cut down.....

It hasn't taken long to realise the hopefully easily addressed
problems.  So I'll wait until I know what the IAS LETTER is for until I am
Editor.   I'll say again a Newletter is for continuity, interest, exchanges,
help, FUN AND FRIENDSHIP FOR IAS MEMBERS.  In this day and age that means it
should go be on its IAS WEB Site or sent email.  Snail Mail is almost
extinct and if  the Luddites need it then do they have computer literate
friends with a colour printer?  Whilst you are all deciding what everybody
wants, let me get ready for the big day when I can start.  I need the
graphics, IAS Logos and some brilliant original drawings, cartoons, jokes,
cookery recipes, poetry alluding to our interests and concerns, even
anonymous warnings, advice, reports, well qualified paranoia of Rain Forest
Health Promotions, SCANNED and UNSCANNED COLOUR PHOTOS to put in the IAS
News.   News etc, not quarterly but as often as NECESSARY and I can process
as IAS NewsEd, "paid" with the occasional new Spath cast in my direction by
my consumer friends.   You might care to consider the later horizons of
COLOUR, SOUND and VIDEO CAMS for the Newsletter on its Archive Web Site or
its emails?

The Biography of Titan in Aroid L generated justifiable huge publicity for
Craigs enthusiasm, care and talent and the "Phenomenon".   "Rise and Fall of
Titan" is magnificent.  It should be in Aroideana AND on the IAS WEBSITE
with its complete sequence of magnificent Colour Photos.  Craig has shown
his superb marketing skills and ALL his records could be proudly Archived
for IAS MEMBERS.    You never know, eventually the IAS might evolve further
from paper to electronics and have panoramas of all Aroids, their habitats
and their cultural biology on their Web Site!  And on successive CD-ROM and
not far off equally cheap DVD.

Isn't it time we stopped cutting down even sustainable forest and used much
cheaper, far more efficient and impacting, and hugely less ponderouse IIIrd
Millenium multimedia computer technology?   Could not the COMPLETE Aroideana
and the "News" not be just part of a MULTIMEDIA CD-ROM IAS Web Site?
Affiliated with Aroid L but only accessible to fast growing participating
membership.  Am I off the scale into Fantasy again?

PLEASE, at least advise me, so I know whether as News Ed I can hope to serve
your market needs.

Bitte "Nicht diese Tone",  Gently, gently we are Plant Lovers.

For the Beautiful Music we try to make...


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