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  • How did the conference go?

    I keep looking for word from Knoxville, but hav'nt seen anything. I realize the high cost of gas and the economy going into the dumper probably hurt the conference. I would have loved to have attended, but the price of gas, having two residences, and two kids in college (one Ivy League) kind of got in the way. I can't imagine a Ripper Con that was'nt a hoot. So what happened? How about some pics?

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    Hi Brad.

    There was masses about it over on Casebook, but I hadn't yet posted my photos, although I had uploaded them to FLICKR. So here's some of my shots from the weekend :


    The view from my hotel room window!


    Kelly and Dan opening the Conference.


    Dan giving a talk on developments and news in the world of Ripperology in 2008.


    Rob McLaughlin talking about the victim photos and Joseph Martin.


    Tim Riordan giving a new angle on Dr T.


    Me doing the talk on The Whitby Collection and the Dutfields Yard photo.


    Dunno who this bloke is.


    Martin Fido turns the hotel into an ancient Aztec city and, wearing the crown of the Aztec kings, orders a sacrifice.


    Rick, Rob and Alan.


    Me and my new best mate.


    The lovely Eugenia Parry giving her talk on the 1890s French crime scene photo album she bought in Paris.


    Alan showing how the East End prostitutes used to stand to attract customers. And something to do with Special Branch.


    Here's one for Suzi. Suzi - there's several Dids shots but this one's my favourite.


    Martin signing one of the millions of things I brought along.


    Alan in the hotel car park, with Knoxville's Sun Sphere behind him.


    In Knoxville's Market Square - inaccurate but amusing.


    Out for a meal after the last day of the Conference. Clockwise from L : Julie, Alan, Kelly, Dan, Me, Martin, Karen.


    On the day I flew back, the hotel from the car park. The weather was like this throughout. Knoxville was a beautiful, clean, sunny place - though bereft of shops, it seems.

    PHILIP
    Tour guides do it loudly in front of a crowd

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    • #3
      Phil:

      This was a very kind gesture on your part. Thanks very much from all of us for taking the time to put the photos up.

      Me love you long time,Phil.
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      • #4
        Thanks Phil!
        Looks like I missed a good time. Maybe I'll be able to may RipCon '10. It appears that a great time was had by all.

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        • #5
          Thanks Phil!
          Looks like I missed a good time. Maybe I'll be able to may RipCon '10. It appears that a great time was had by all. -Brad

          Yeah...but only after you get your ears checked out,brudda...
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          • #6
            Philip, that's a really lovely shot of you and Martin!

            Brad, as the big man said, getcha ears sorted, and attend 2010. Since we had to miss this one (petrol was unavailable here in NE Georgia, and when available if lucky, the price was ridiculously through the roof -- therefore I missed out on smuggled in Cheese & Onion crisps...) I defy any hurricane to prevent Dan and me from being there for the tenth US Conf.

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            • #7
              So Martin has become Greek Orthodox? Cool!

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              • #8
                I still think, our new convention center here would be a grand place to host the next Ripper Conference =)

                http://www.bayfrontconventioncenter.com/


                Regards,
                Justin
                They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. - Edgar Allan Poe

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JDombrowski89 View Post
                  I still think, our new convention center here would be a grand place to host the next Ripper Conference =)

                  http://www.bayfrontconventioncenter.com/


                  Regards,
                  Justin
                  Hi Justin

                  A nice thought but I would doubt if Ripper meeting organizers could afford convention center prices, which explains why both the UK and US conferences have been held a hotels where you just need to get room(s) for the talks, meals, and book displays.

                  Chris
                  Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
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                  Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                  Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                  • #10
                    Dear C.G.:
                    You know...its the funniest thing. Just the other day,Justin and I were considering actually eviscerating someone at the next convention,should the convention get slated for Erie...to make sure the venue would be juicy enough to pack 'em in and to give our fellow Ripperologists a slice of life as it was from back in the LVP. The name "Menges" came to mind...but he's too valuable anymore. I wonder if Robert Linford still has that bench warrant on his head,which prevented him from steppin' on our shores before. If not, he'll do.
                    But seriously, C.G. is right. Financially,its far better... in fact, its more better...to have the convention in a hotel as they have been before.
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                    • #11
                      Erie is nice. I remember as a 16 year old going there and renting a Honda 50 to cruise Presque Ile. One side is really nice, warm, sunny. lots of seabirds. The other side was cold and desolote. I think its called Misery Bay. Long gone is the Honda rental place, the Scott Motel, and "Don the Beeachcomber's" restaurant, which was a really great buffet. Erie has no connectio0n to JTR. The 2010 con will be held in Balt again I hope to be there.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brad McGinnis View Post
                        Erie is nice. I remember as a 16 year old going there and renting a Honda 50 to cruise Presque Ile. One side is really nice, warm, sunny. lots of seabirds. The other side was cold and desolote. I think its called Misery Bay. Long gone is the Honda rental place, the Scott Motel, and "Don the Beeachcomber's" restaurant, which was a really great buffet. Erie has no connectio0n to JTR. The 2010 con will be held in Balt again I hope to be there.

                        Hi Brad

                        I would not want to wager against the ubiquitous Dr Francis Tumblety not having lain his head down in Erie or having been up to his nefarious activities. Besides if a Ripper conf could be held in Erie I could do a War of 1812 talk there and visit sites associated with the war in Justin's neck of the woods, ha ha.

                        Chris
                        Christopher T. George, Lyricist & Co-Author, "Jack the Musical"
                        https://www.facebook.com/JackTheMusical/ Hear sample song at https://tinyurl.com/y8h4envx.

                        Organizer, RipperCon #JacktheRipper-#True Crime Conferences, April 2016 and 2018.
                        Hear RipperCon 2016 & 2018 talks at http://www.casebook.org/podcast/.

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                        • #13
                          Right you are Chris! Good to hear from you again. I think Dr T peddled porn on the Erie Canal as a youngster. Also if Im not mistaken, the battle of Lake Erie is where Oliver Hazard Perry made the famous remark, "We have met the enemy and they are ours". I remember as a kid they had the hull of his ship at Presque Isle. I think it was called the Niagra. Or maybe because it had a tall mast it was called the Viagra. Im up too late....

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                          • #14
                            Viagra? I told youse what happened to me when I ate 5 of those babies at one time,didn't I ? I did it because I was dared to. Youse know how I never back down...

                            Anyway, I wolfed 5 of them down and waited for 45 minutes. Nothing happened... I said to myself,I sez, "This stuff's a joke"...and got up and left this joint I was visiting. and took a shortcut through a park nearby.

                            Halfway through the park, not only did "things" start to stiffen up, my whole body hardened up and there I was...posed and all stiff-like...a statue in the middle of Fairmount Park...and it was in the middle of the rut season for pigeons in the area. Think "Tin Man" in the Wizard of Oz before gettin' oiled up....

                            I wound up lookin' like a Jackson Pollock canvas after I got Stuka'ed by about 2,000 horny pigeons. I'd do it again in a New York minute...but I ain't doing it in pigeon-rut season.
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                            • #15
                              Whoa How, I guess no one can call you a lucky stiff. I've had my own dangerous experiences with Viagra. Before developing an allergic reaction to bee and wasp venom, I was a horticulturist and landscape contractor for many years. I still do some consulting, writing, and collecting honorariums in the field. One thing Im a big believer in is trace elements and micro nutrients. In my own garden I use stale beer on compost (It speeds up the composting process) gypsum in the form of calcium carbonate (limestone that been used has a stack scrubber in coal fired electric plants) as well as just diluting B vitamins in my regular garden feeding.
                              One day I saw an offer for Viagra online. No big whoop, you talk to a "Dr." online and he prescribes it. I decided to go for it and try it in the garden. I took five capsuls and disolved them in a 2 1/2 gal. watering can. I didnt know what to try it on. I certainly didnt want to screw up the tomatoes, cantilope, peppers, corn or Dragons Tongue beans. I decided to use it on the green pole beans and zuccini. If we lose them, no big deal. Well it had some amazing effects. The zuccini ended up about 8 foot long and perfectly straight. Id try it on other things but after using it on the green pole beans the vines went up to the clouds and somehow killed a giant. The damn thing fell out out the sky and flattened my Early Northern Hybred sweet corn. Debbie was pissed, she likes that corn. Plus how do I explain a dead giant in my garden to the authorities?
                              I hooked a tractor to him and drug him off to the woods. Between the buzzards during the day and the coyotes at night , we managed to reduce him to bones pretty quickly. The bones we'll use as bulb food. I hope the Viagra effect is over. Otherwise Im going to have a Hell of a time explaining 15 foot tulips and daffodils to the neighbors. Ah well, who said us country folk have it easy?

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