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From the Editor....
Benson and Miranda at our kennel. photo: Hamilton
Mark and I are now on sabbatical
from publishing The Fan Hitch quarterly
journal as we undertake the digitization of the life’s
work – more than sixty years worth – of our mentor and
beloved friend, Benson Ginsburg. He passed away at the
age of ninety-eight in August
2016. One of the founding fathers of the field of
Behavior Genetics, Dr. Ginsburg spent his lifetime
studying genetic, social and biochemical influences on
the behavior of mice; wild, domestic and hybridized
(beagle x coyote) canids; and humans.
Beagle x coyote hybrids, Artemis (L, female) and Shylock (R, male) in our kennel,
were part of a PhD thesis about what causes genes to be expressed.
Dr. Ginsburg not only facilitated
the transfer of two of his university department’s
retired and socialized grey wolves (one via the
Smithsonian) to our kennel, he also welcomed us into his
world, his family, his academic circle. The
opportunities we two mere “laypersons” in the field of
behavior genetics have enjoyed and benefitted from – our
informal education in his fields of expertise, a better
understanding of canid behavior, the expanded orbit of
knowledgeable friends and other contacts, and the
direction our lives took leading us to where we are now
– we attribute to Dr. Benson Ginsburg.
Our first wolf Tewa and her young playmate Diana an Alaskan Malamute pup.
The aspects of this project are technical and demanding of concentration, planning and time. Some of the older material is quite frail, requiring special handling. Trying to focus simultaneously on both our role in the Ginsburg Archives Project and quarterly publication of The Fan Hitch journal would not do justice to either. At this time we have chosen to work on paying down the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to Dr. Ginsburg, his family, colleagues and former students. Dr. Ginsburg’s work, begun in the 1940s, remains timeless and valid. Our hope is that the enormous body of material we and others are working to digitally preserve will one day be accepted by a university or professional organization’s website for all the world to explore and to enjoy.
There is much work to accomplish. It is impossible to determine how long our part in this project will take to complete. In the mean time please stroll though nearly nineteen complete years of articles from The Fan Hitch journal by visiting the Index of Articles by Subject. And don't forget to check out The Fan Hitch website’s other links for enlightening information. Of course, feel free to continue to contact us with your questions and comments.
As we have done in the past, if there is any urgent news to share, we will quickly post it directly to The Fan Hitch website’s home page.Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,
Sue and Mark