The Archive at Reading University and Live on BBC Radio 5
Today I witnessed the birth of several of Eric Partridge's books eighty-odd years ago. Together with Routledge's Andrea Harthill I went to the Archive at Reading University and had a delightful time browsing ancient correspondence that seems as immediate as e-mail - one letter from his publisher asked 'Dear Partridge' to postpone a meeting until later in the day that the note was sent. The Archive is a treasure.
Tom Dalzell, Senior Editor, is a lawyer, slang-collector and author. Recognized as a leading expert on American Slang, he is the author of Flappers to Rappers: American Youth Slang (Merriam-Webster 1996) and The Slang of Sin (Merriam-Webster 1998).
Terry Victor, Editor, is not only a slang-collector, but also an actor, broadcaster, writer and director. He is probably best known for his ground-breaking work with Murder on the Menu, which he co-founded in 1989.