40 years on, when afar and asunder
Parted are those who are with us today
When you look back and forgetfully wonder
What you were like in your work and your play.
Here I am, shyly putting my toe into the waters of Substack. I thought I might as well begin my time here by acknowledging an anniversary and trying to recreate for those readers who are younger than me (statistically speaking, that will be the great majority of you) something of the atmosphere, manners, and modes of that time.