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Hofstra Mets Conference Calling

The Hofstra Cultural Center’s conference honoring the 50th Anniversary of the New York Mets is coming Thursday to Saturday, April 26-28, and if you’re in interested in contributing a paper or presentation regarding some aspect of your favorite ballclub, please contact me at faithandfear@gmail.com. Full details are posted here [1] (with some more information here [2]).

This conference, celebrating the Mets at this milestone juncture in their history, was the brainchild of the late Dana Brand, a great friend to all Mets fans in blogging and in rooting. Dana was a longtime professor at Hofstra and got the conference moving toward reality before his sudden passing last May. The rest of us working on it look forward to pushing it across the finish line in his memory, and you are most heartily invited to join in that push.

We’ve received some great proposals that examine the Mets from all kinds of angles since first mentioning the conference in November, and more great proposals are welcome through next week. Again, please e-mail me with your ideas or any questions, and I’ll do my best to be of assistance. Thank you.

This also seems like a decent time to ask you to consider making a contribution to the Dana Brand Memorial Scholarship Fund at Hofstra. You can send online contributions to www.hofstra.edu/giving [3]. Under “Gift Designation,” please specify the Dana Brand Memorial Scholarship Fund. If you prefer to contribute by check, please send whatever you can to Meredith Celentano; Assistant Vice President for Development; 102Q Hofstra Hall; Hempstead, NY 11549. Anything you can do to help a student carry on in Dana’s name is greatly appreciated.