Page 2 January, 1982
"Feast and Famine"
By Gene Jones, IJA President
As the 20th century proceeds towards it eventual conclusion, we find ourselves living in a world of ever increasing paradoxes. Feasts and famines of various dimensions exist simultaneously without resolution, and increased awareness seem only to aggravate current dilemmas.
arrive and fade at an accelerated pace, often leaving confusion in
their wake. However, some fads do survive certain moments of truth,
allowing them to stabilize into perennial institutions or endeavors
of broad social value.
What does this somewhat abstract introduction have to do with the world of juggling?
to begin with, juggling is a paradoxical activity in itself. To the
admiring public, it is a mystical art, but those who juggle know that
mastery of the art is basically a matter of endless practice. The true
mystique of juggling arises from the showmanship of each individual
juggling has not reached 'fad' proportions, it is definitely catching
on. As a result, IJA membership is swelling, as are the demands for
our organizational services. When the dust of our expansion settles,
juggling will still be popular, but the question is: With the IJA
still be a strong positive force at the center of the activity? The
answer at this point is that we are preparing the IJA to be able to
function towards this goal.
of all, IJA members have just experienced both feast and famine during
the last few months. From May through July, two Newsletters were
published and the Annual Convention staged. Then for more than three
months, no publication appeared. Since the end of October, we have
published two issues of JUGGLERS WORLD and the 1981-82 Roster. Many
members have written to ask what has happened and what to expect in
apparent 'famine' period after the Cleveland convention was actually a
time of tremendous internal growth for the IJA. The publication delay
was due to the changeover from the Newsletter to JUGGLERS WORLD
Magazine. A good deal of layout and graphic design modification was
necessary, and a new printer contracted. It has been said that
milestones are rarely reached without delays and inconveniences, so we
apologize for the initial delay. but also hope that you appreciate the
improvement. Behind the scenes in the IJA, the phones are ringing and
there is a lot of shuffling of papers.
that we have attained new levels of quality, we are trying to
implement methods of maintaining them. The largest and most rapidly
increasing pressure on the IJA is the astounding expansion of
necessary day-to-day operations. Requests and inquiries have been
pouring into Kenmore, NY. The task of responsibly handling daily
correspondences has become a huge job.
the only visible signs of progress to the general membership are at
the Annual Conventions and in JUGGLERS WORLD, we have made strides in
many areas. such as clarifying the roles and responsibilities of
officers, keeping books, serving the specific needs of individual
members, and beginning to establish a positive, identifiable, public
ahead to 1982, IJA members can expect a more regular JUGGLERS WORLD
schedule, with issues appearing in February/March. May/June,
August/September (convention coverage), an October Roster and a
November/December Christmas issue.
IJA members will also receive a special preconvention notice in
pending tax-exempt status appears to be only a few weeks from final
approval. Such status will put the IJA in a much stronger position
when applying for grants and soliciting contributions to support our
next major step will be the sanctioning of regional and local juggling
clubs. This is a mailer that was requested last year by numerous
members and heartily endorsed at the convention business meeting,
where a vote mandated the Board of Directors to devise a sanctioning
plan at the Winter Business Meeting in Kenmore, NY. I encourage you to
send in ideas about the subject to the IJA post office box now.
rather abrupt change of direction is required at this point. As many
of you know, honorary life member Bobby May died of a heart attack on
November 7. Bobby May was not just a great juggler, but was a great
man, a tine person in all dimensions.
direct acquaintance with him took place in the past year. during which
time he continually offered his assistance to the IJA. His personal
warmth and genuine devotion to the art of juggling and those who take
interest in it are eternal qualities that will never be forgotten by
those who had the honor of knowing him. We now carry on with a sense
of great loss, but also with an even greater determination to continue
building an organization that Bobby May would be proud of.
will always be room for improvement, but with hard work mixed with an
abundance of patient enthusiasm, the IJA will provide the juggling
world with a future of 'feasts' without the 'famines.'
are some suggestions to members
looking for ways to help out the IJA:
all juggling events and send pictures to
the JUGGLERS WORLD editor.
-Send press clippings to PO Box 29 for our files,
-Give gift memberships to friends.
-Show JUGGLERS WORLD to your friends.
us suggestions on how to serve you better.
-Attend the Annual Convention (July 13-18, 1982, Santa Barbara, CA).
-Participate in local juggling clubs.
the Winter Business Meeting (noon, February
27, 1982, Kenmore, NY.
New York, NY