This blog is sounding all too frivolous for a serious publisher intent on changing the world of reference! And it gets worse today: David and I are off to Saratoga, to see that famous horseracing venue for the first time. We’ve talked about doing this for years. David and Rolf Janke from Sage Reference were always making plans (and discussing their betting strategies). Last year we meant to go with our friends Mick and Julie. But it’s finally come off, thanks to librarian Dave Tyckoson of Fresno State, whom we met at ALA in Chicago. Dave is a terrific thinker and writer on reference, both print and digital, and a regular contributor to Against the Grain. He’s also a regular at Saratoga, so we have the great advantage of his experience when it comes to where to sit, eat, and generally enjoy the experience. He is not, though, willing to give betting advice! That’s okay, David’s already been online planning his strategy.
I don’t have track fever, but I do love watching this sport–the “sport of kings.” We visited the Horseracing Museum at Saratoga once, when we were thinking of an encyclopedia on the subject. That never quite came off, but of course the topic is one that we have covered at length in the new Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport.