In September 2013 Teresa Brinati achieved a milestone: twenty-five years as SAA’s Publishing Director. Teresa is talented, passionate about SAA (and many other things), enthusiastic, funny, a triathlete— truly a force of nature! She dwells in possibility . . . To view more comments about Teresa’s contributions or to share your own, go to http://www2 .archivists.org/node/18138. Mary Jo Pugh, Editor, The American Archivist, 2006–2011 Teresa and I were introduced at the SAA Editorial Board meeting in Atlanta on September 29, 1988, and we had breakfast the following day. She was so bright, engaging, and funny—and also proved to be utterly competent. I fell in love. She has been my lifeline for decades of writing and editing. I first worked with her as editor of the Archival Fundamentals Series (1988–1992) and author of Providing Reference Services for that series. She helped me revise and publish the second edition of the book in 2005. From 2006 to 2011, she was the managing editor as I was the editor of The American Archivist. Teresa is a charged particle, energetic, optimistic, creative, original, intelligent, and supportive. To quote E.B. White, “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.” Christopher Prom, Publications Editor, 2013– During the time in my career when I was working on a key publication, I decided rather late in the game—at the layout proof stage—that the article I was working on needed some serious corrections. I dutifully submitted the edited proofs with all sorts of corrections and annotations, fully expecting that Teresa would push back at the changes. Even though what I was asking required a lot of work on her part, and even though she was under her own set of pressures, she never complained. She’s no pushover, but she sees the best in people and really wants others to succeed. Throughout my involvement with SAA, I’ve seen again and again that Teresa goes the extra mile for SAA and its members! Gregory Hunter, Publications Editor, 1997–2000; Editor, The American Archivist, 2012– Editors and authors have come and gone during Teresa’s twenty-five years on the SAA staff, but she has been the constant in SAA’s publications program—the person balancing editorial vision with budget realities, all the while maintaining the friendship and respect of her colleagues. Whenever the Publications Board or Editorial Board meets in Chicago, Teresa spends long days with us, including accompanying us to dinner. While we usually are pleasant dinner companions, I know that Teresa has had personal commitments that probably should have taken precedence. Thank you, Teresa, for the many times that you have put SAA and its members first! Peter Wosh, Publications Editor, 2007–2013 Teresa and I both root for historically hopeless baseball teams (the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, respectively). Neither ball club has won much of anything in the twenty-five years that Teresa has worked for SAA, and our annual optimistic outlook in March always seems to dissolve during the dreary dog days of August. Though we may have bonded over our teams’ futility between the foul lines, it quickly became obvious to me that the archival community hit a collective grand slam when Teresa became director of publishing for SAA. Cool under pressure, she always keeps her eye on the ball. She enjoys working with diverse personalities, nurturing everyone’s individual talents to advance the publications team’s collective goals. If (God forbid) she ever leaves SAA, Teresa would do quite well in another profession entirely. It seems to me she is the perfect manager that the Chicago Cubs have never had but desperately need. Forget Ryne Sandberg; my money is on Brinati. Book your World Series tickets now! Joan Krizack, Publications Board Member, 2004–2011 Breakfasts in New Brunswick, clandestine cocktails, Santa Monica Pier carousel rides, Publications Board summits— always upbeat and with a great sense of humor, Teresa made what could have been dull meetings entertaining. What a delight it has been to know and work with her over the last (can it really be?) Twenty-five years. Cin, cin, Teresa! Dennis Meissner, Publications Board Chair, 2003–2007 At one particular Publications Board meeting, a rep from a prominent East Coast publishing house graced us with a visit to talk about “partnering” on a few titles. As the pitch unfolded, it became obvious that “partnering” was a happy euphemism for something else. The carpetbagger made a regrettable misstep toward the end of his presentation, averring that the proposed arrangement was a pathway toward stabilizing and professionalizing an alsoran press like SAA’s. At that moment I noticed a hard, shiny glint in Teresa’s eyes, followed almost immediately by something that stumped me—a soft, tranquil, and euphoric look. And then I realized that she was simply giving unvoiced thanks for the innocent victim that had been delivered unto her, as momentary exercise for her teeth and claws. After another fifteen minutes of lively discussion, the rep was escorted out of the meeting by Teresa, who cheerfully showed him the way to the street. I was happy and privileged to witness the swordsmanship o September/October 2013 of a master. Richard Cox, Editor, The American Archivist, 1991–1995; Publications Editor, 2002–2006 For twenty-five years, I’ve been impressed by Teresa’s professionalism, knowledge, meticulous attention to detail, and good sense of humor in even the most difficult times. But while I have turned from silver to gray haired, seen more wrinkles appear, and felt my energy ebbing away, Teresa looks the same today as she did in the late 1980s. Her enthusiasm and energy seem unabated, and she seems to be well preserved— a good attribute for one working within the company of archivists. Philip Eppard, Editor, The American Archivist, 1996–2005 Teresa took maternity leave while I was editing The American Archivist and the job of interacting with the printer fell to my editorial assistant. Teresa provided such detailed, step-by-step instructions that there was no chance that there could be a mishap in the production process. Nevertheless, we were very happy when Teresa returned to work! And I’m not at all surprised that her son Luca has been an enthusiastic worker in the SAA Bookstore at the annual meeting.
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