Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

From the President

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

From the President

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This summer I took advantage of my new role as President of the Board. I picked up the phone and called members who had recently renewed their membership. Everyone I spoke to generously indulged my curiosity and provided me with wonderful anecdotes about their involvement with GS. I'd like you to meet three of your fellow members:

Billie Jane Baguley, Phoenix, Arizona, learned about GS in her English class at Arizona State Teachers College, (now ASU), and made sure she kept the formulations integrated into her work as an English teacher. We swapped tales about teaching. She spoke about the experience of teaching English in an English girls' school and dealing with the clashes of "English-isms" and "American-isms." She attended one of Korzybski's seminars in the 1940s where she assured me "He was very much in charge of each of us!" She noted that general semantics is something she tries to use every day. As we spoke, I became aware of how very much in charge she is of keeping GS in her life.

Be honest, have you ever thought of Science and Sanity as a read-aloud book? Granville Smith, of Hawthorne, California, did. He and his wife took turns reading it to each other. He came to GS via Stuart Chase's book The Tyranny of Words. I liked his way of finding GS applications in such subjects as Allen Watts's work on Zen Buddhism and in biblical writings. …

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