June 5, 2018 – “Bittersweet Farewells and Birthday Celebrations”

Hello, everyone!

The work done for today at the archives was a bittersweet day. On the eve of the fourteenth anniversary of Professor Howard W. Eves’ passing, I completed the collection that bears his namesake. Also, the staff had a birthday celebration that was delightful (did not mind my lunch being longer, either). After the celebration, the George L. Stuart Collection beckoned my attention. Now with the highlights noted, it is time to describe these events in more detail.

The goal for the morning was to finish the Howard W. Eves Audio Cassette Collection before Kae came into work for the day. After resuming the labeling process for the cassettes, a more suitable solution dawned in my mind that would quicken the methods I was using. Instead of printing the label sheets, getting up to go to the printer, and retrieve the label sheet one at time, I simply printed the sheets that I needed and retrieved them all at once. Why I did not do this before still baffles me.

Eventually, all the cassettes were labeled and all that was left was to label the box itself. I got Mr. Ogreten’s approval on how the label was supposed to look, but it cam at the expense of printing on the wrong side of the adhesive label sheet. After printing the label on the correct side of the sheet, the label was applied and Mr. Ogreten lead me to where the collection’s new residence would be. Once setting the collection on its shelf, my work with the collection came to a close.

This collection was fun to process and recording here what Dr. Eves said during the spring semester of 1990 was certainly an experience that hopefully others will enjoy someday. All that is left now is for the finding aid to be published. When it is published, I will post a link to it on a blog post.

In the middle of the day, we had a celebration of a birthday of one of our staff members, Joseph Kaminski. Mr. Kaminski is celebrating his twentieth birthday today, despite his mature appearance. We had pizza (including a pizza pie that Joseph wanted to be surprised by the toppings – green peppers, Roma tomatoes, and onions), two Stax containers – one was sour cream and cheddar while the other was Flammin’ Hot (similar to the Cheetos, but with no Cheetos), and chocolate bars that David Benjamin made (the chocolate had orange shavings in the frosting. They were very tasty!). As the birthday meal continued, I decided to follow one of my brother’s eating habits and try something new.

I took a cheese pizza and put Flammin’ Hot Stax potato chips as toppings. Someone mentioned the chocolate bars, so I added one as a topping. Finally, I put two Sour Cream and Cheddar chips as the final toppings. The  taste at first had the orange flavor from the chocolate bar, but was followed by the Flammin’ Hot chip flavor. As for a drink, I mixed together Sprite and Coca-Cola and crushed a Flammin’ Hot chip to put in the concoction. The taste was reminiscent to Pepsi Fire, though not as terrible.

After entertaining everyone (or maybe disgusting them), all of us cleaned the area and resumed our duties. However, Kae had arrived before the birthday celebration and there was some merging of files from the George L. Stuart Collection until we had to move the boxes to eat our food. With the celebration over, the work continued. Eventually, we were able to merge folders in boxes 36-40 before moving onto boxes 41-45. We managed to make a decent stack of folders no longer needed as a result.

But, as we finished those boxes, there was not anytime to continue. As a result, the both of us placed the boxes in their appropriate shelves and decided to leave the next batch for tomorrow. After pick up my backpack from my locker, I bid farewell and left for the day.

While I doubt such exciting events today’s await tomorrow for me, whatever events will be recorded here. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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