Marking the ‘elevenses’

“In case the Game isn’t exciting enough,” ELIZABETH FISCHBACH wrote in an email on the morning of Nov.11, “In Special Collections, we couldn’t let 11-11-11 day pass without marking the occasion.”

Fischbach, exhibits manager and designer in Special Collections and University Archives in Stanford University Libraries, added:

“While numer010g1sts and believers of all stripes are debating what it means —the beginning of doomsday, or the dawning of an age of unprecedented love — I think it means a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gather for elevenses at 11:11 to have coffee and Cadbury Fingers (which are, after all, digital).”

Fischbach also noted that on the train that morning ANDREA KUDUK, MLA student and administrative associate in Electrical Engineering, had volunteered that her office was holding an 11-11-11 party as well — in the “elev(en)ator.”

Asked how the Special Collections celebration had gone, Fischbach said:

“It was a fun and lighthearted break. PETER WHIDDEN, the department’s rare books specialist, reported that the Egyptian government closed the pyramids for the day to discourage rituals. And on a historical remembrance note, the date being Veterans Day, we recalled that the Armistice was signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

“In addition to Cadbury Fingers, we had rolled German waffle cookies on the table, and participant MATTIE TAORMINA observed that two of the signing countries were confectionally represented.” Taormina is head of public services and a manuscripts processing librarian in Special Collections.

Fischbach added that she hadn’t spoken to Kuduk about her office celebration. “I suppose it had its ups and downs.”