16, 1999, Gazette)
Ken Jacobsen reads before the rest of the English department.
English faculty began this Christmas season as they have for
the past 22 years with the Annual Christmas Reading.
But this year special memories were recalled as the reading was
dedicated to David Smokey Elliott (1923-1999).
was held in the Fine Arts Theatre, which was filled to capacity,
and was taped by a local Cable Atlantic crew for public viewing
over the Christmas season. Devised and directed by David Freeman,
professor emeritus, the reading was its usual collection of the
comic and serious, the sacred and secular. Poems, short stories
and excerpts focused on the themes of Christmas and winter, everything
from Orwells As I Please to Thomas Pestells Made
of a Woman to Richmal Cromptons A Busy Day, a comic tale
of a boys mischief on Christmas morning.
College remembered affectionately the poet and retired member
of the English department for his participation in the annual
long remember his recitations of pieces by Ted Russell, and they
were recitations, for while Smokey had a text in front of him,
he did not read; every word was in his memory, said Grenfells
Dr. Paul Wilson. It is very fitting that we remember him
with this reading.