It's Paul VanCura's last day at LRL and he was honored on the House floor with a resolution read by our longest-serving Library Subcommittee member, Rep. Mary Murphy, and the House member from Paul's district, Rep. Jim Davnie. The full resolution is a bit longer, and has some funny LRL insider references. Like this one:
WHEREAS, Paul has also checked in decades of House and Senate Committee
minutes, and innumerable citizens and inexperienced summer law clerks have benefited
from Paul's patient help in untangling complex legislative histories; and
WHEREAS, Paul has faithfully refused to divulge the location of the "secret
transcripts" of legislative committee hearings, existence of which some patrons through the
years have been thoroughly convinced; and
Over the years LRL staff members have helped many, many researchers who were not excited about listening to hours of committee hearings on audiotape. "Aren't there transcripts?" they would ask with great hope.
No. We would continue helping them through the process, and when it seemed daunting again, the question was repeated. "Are you SURE there aren't transcripts?" One of our most memorable researchers, "The Man in the Green Hat" (mentioned in another resolution clause), was never convinced, and thus rose the LRL legend of the secret transcripts.
Thanks for everything, Paul!