Shocked and Comforted
SHOCKED was my initial reaction to Hershel Shanks’s last “First Person” column (“My Final ‘First Person,’” BAR, November/December 2017). His column has always been the first thing I read. But after my emotions abated, I just wanted to say to you a very well-deserved “job well done”!
Hershel, I shall miss your imprint and brilliant contributions. You have moved Biblical archaeology onward for all of us. I am, however, comforted by your comments about not disappearing completely, and, at the same time, I eagerly anticipate getting to know Bob Cargill better.
Thanks for Making a Difference
Congratulations, Hershel Shanks, for the many years that you piloted BAR with fine presentations in each issue. I have really enjoyed the articles written on subjects as varied as my interests.
You have done your share of making our lives interesting. Thanks for your expertise. I have enjoyed reading BAR and especially looked at the pictures of people who gave their time and labor to start digs and make discoveries at them.
May you find happiness as you find more time for getting things done at an easier pace.
Also, thank you for sharing your daughters with us. They are precious to all of us.