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In preparing these remarks, I was struck by how difficult it is to compose
an effective retirement speech. This was not the case because of the
subject, whom I have known and liked for years and who has surely left
his mark, but because of the ambiguous nature of the event. The retiree,
after all, is not through working, but only through going to faculty meetings;
Quintin will continue to prosper. The ambiguity of the occasion thus
left me uncertain about whether to cheer or to wail and wondering what
the audience and, most of all, the retiree expects. I then realized that I
was confusing a retirement speech with a eulogy. My problems were over.
What the hell, if Quintin wanted a eulogy, he should have done something
about it.

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