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Official Meeting Blogger: Laugh-out-loud moments

Charlie Chaplin has been credited with saying, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”  I live by this quote. So, the adventure I chose focused on finding the “funny” at MLA’19.  

Though I may not be quoting perfectly, please know I aimed to capture the spirit of laugh-out-loud lines I heard.

From New Member/First-Time Attendee breakfast Keynote speech, Day 1 – MJ Tooey:

  • “Met any plumbers?” One of many suggested questions to ask when initiating conversations during MLA’19.
  • “There will be no pushing and shoving.  We eliminated the strange initiation rights last year.” On the three-minute “speed-dating” event to meet people.

Noyes award speech, Day 1 Plenary – MJ Tooey:

  • “The Noyes award requires an amount of dignity and respect, but why start now?”
  • “Oh, a potato chip bowl!”  When presented with a silver bowl for the Noyes award.

Presidential address, Day 1 Plenary – Beverly Murphy:

  • “Leverage what you know. Realize what you don’t know and fill in the gaps with chocolate.”

Janet Doe Lecture, Day 2 Plenary – Jerry Perry

  • “I am Santa in Sequins.” Jerry Perry appearing in a sparkly jacket.
  • “I have two David Bowie tattoos which is maybe more information than you want.”

Find all MLA '19 Elevate blog posts here

If you missed MLA ’19, you can still register for an e-Conference to catch up.

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