Visual display of the Aldo Leopold papers : 9/25/10-1 : Correspondence


family. Field work is gestation, publication
is parturition, but getting into action is
growing up. Research is grown when it has
reached self-tending status, along with other
kids of that generation."
For those unfamiliar with Lovejoyeese, I
present a few selected idioms and a few char-
acteristic quotations:
pack-ratting: collecting reprints "in the
standard campus manner"
terra-tinker: a land-use expert
barber shop biologist: a sportsman
mirabile dictuing: telling tall tales
rat-hole project: an ill-conceived official under-
sacred sawloggers: forestry propagandists
section 28: lower right abdomen
Novos, Demos, and Buros: researchers, poli-
ticians, and bureaucrats; novos nest in
litters of old papers, from which, at ir-
regular intervals, they hatch out mono-
graphic young.
"Sic 'em summa cum laude": citation granted
to able critics
words with high muzzle-velocity: good writing
clubs: "There are three kinds of clubs. One
kind peels all its birches, another only a
few, another puts white paint on the
scars of the old peelings." (letter 7/24/38)
research: "Hire a dozen techs. Turn 'em
loose and they'll smell out, trail, and
flush facts, fetch 'em home, and lay 'em
on the hearth all-same cat and field-
mouse. When they lay another separate
on the Altar of Research, they have done
their stuff. It's up to somebody else to
carry on from there." (letter 9/22/40)
appetite: "As a kid I often ate all the apples
I could, but never as many as I wanted
theses: "Theses for higher degrees in Ecologi-
cal Engineering should weigh at least
three pounds."

critics: "If they do it vicious-like, with teeth
showing, they are surprised and amused
to find that (the sacred cows) are easy
scared, and run away with even a little
roughing. So a few of us have quite a
little fun yapping and nipping and shag-
ging (them) around, letting on we're
after hot blood right outa the neck."
(letter 9/22/40)
carrying capacity: "The ultimate question is
not how to step up human carrying
capacities per habitat but what sort of
humans we want to have around at all."
(letter 9/22/40)
1926. The worst-first theory. Journ. For-
estry, 24: 351-7.
1933. Concepts and contours. Journ. For-
estry, 31: 381-91.
1933. Fericulture. Univ, of Mich. Forest
School Annual, pp. 12-13, 33.
1935. Ecological engineering. Mich. Acad.
Sci. Arts and Letters, Ann Arbor, Ann.
Repts., pp. 76-86.
1936. Harmonizing conflicting interests in
land management. Proc. First N. Amer.
Wildlife Conference, pp. 260-7.
1938. [Letter to Silcox.] Journ. Forestry, 36:
In conclusion, I venture the personal
opinion that the professions of forestry and
wildlife management, as now constituted,
will one day be adjudged to have been de-
ficient in critics. If I am right in this, then
P. S. Lovejoy, as one of our best critics, will
grow in stature with the years.
In any case he did his valiant best to find
new wedges, and season-checks to set them
in, and to split new slabs of savvy off the big
chunk.-ALDO LEOPOLD, Madison, Wis.