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A thousand thanks

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By Roger Snodgrass

The credit roll for a typical feature film is several hundred names long.

Even a television documentary is often at least a hundred people or organizations. In fact the collaborative efforts and acts of generosity and kindness for a typical educational or cultural video can be so long that the credit roll, in order not to take up half the show, has to be accelerated to the point that thanks and credits whiz by in an unreadable blur.

There is almost never a power point at the national laboratory that doesn’t include a dozen names and sponsors.

When we write about a science project with a laboratory scientist, his or her first concern is often that the other participants and funders be mentioned in the story, an almost impossible request.

There is never enough thanks in the world, even though thanks probably pays for an equivalent of at least half the gross national product and maybe even more on a global scale. If love makes the world go round, millions of sincere expressions of gratitude surely keep it on its axis.

A while back, we had a weekly “Mil Gracias” page to handle the outpourings of appreciation that seems to abound in our community, but of course the gesture of recognition always means more to the recipient and contributor than to the spectator.


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