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Dave Kromm: The first year of retirement has been an exciting one. Bobbie and I journeyed to South Africa for three weeks to participate in the International Geographical Conference (our 8th). I was rewarded with presenting my paper in the first time slot of the first session on the first day (a first for me). A highlight was a field trip to the Kingdom of Lesotho via the rugged Sani Pass. Other travels took us to North Carolina (one granddaughter), New England (three granddaughters), and Washington, DC (all four granddaughters joined us), visiting people and places along the way on each of the trips. While in Maine, I was a guest scholar at the University of Maine-Farmington.
I continue to study the Ogallala. This led to taking a short course on water law and to attending public hearings and groundwater management district meetings in southwest Kansas. Much new is happening in Kansas water management. And I continue to learn more about my ancestors as genealogical research occupies ever more of my energies. Bobbie and I bought a new computer early this year, and I am having a great time scanning slides from travels in decades past.
Recent publications include "Sustainable Use and Groundwater Management Institutions", chapter 10 of Yagasaki, Saito, and Kanno, eds., American High Plains: Formation and Sustainability of a Global Food Producing Region, Tokyo: Kokon-Shoin, 2003, pp. 144-154 and "Ogallala Aquifer"article in Encylopedia of Water Science, Farmington Hills: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003, pp. 173-176.
Steve Stover: The past year has been, as usual, speedy, interesting and even exciting. Enid and I continue living at home in reasonably good health. I'm still within biking distance of the campus, and I look in on the Department about once a week. The great dispersal of books and papers progresses, but slowly.
I much appreciate the invitations to attend Department functions including visits from guest speakers, most recently Wilbur Zelinsky from Penn State. GTU's banquet this year was outstanding. There was a fine class of initiates, an interesting and worthwhile speech, a suitable venue and abundant good food. GTU officers and their sponsor, Max Lu, have done well.
We have broken the gentle confines of Manhattan several times. We flew to California for a Thanksgiving time visit, and we drove to western Kansas for Christmas and again in January for a granddaughter's wedding. Shorter jaunts have taken us to McPherson, Marion, and Wichita. Our major outing, however, occurred in March when we jointed a group of fellow church members bound for the eastern Mediterranean. This meant our second sample of Athens and an introduction to half a dozen other Greek and Turkish cities with their marvelous ancient ruins. We were at sea off the coast of Turkey when the bombing of Iraq began.
Back home, I have been thoroughly occupied with church activities, house projects, garden work, photographs, doctors' appointments, public television, returning songbirds, letter writing and, of course, tax returns. In April, the local chapter of the English Speaking Union sponsored the visit of a geographer from Britain, and I enjoyed showing him the local sights. And last week, we accompanied the Kromms on a field trip of sorts to my old haunts in McPherson County. That was fun too.
I look forward, as always, to the Department's annual newsletter and to the responses it encourages from former students, far and near.
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