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Umm.....I just wanted to say that I totally appreciate the Meatloaf quote.

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Date:	      Thu, 1 Mar 2012 12:58:14 
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Subject: Re: [SOCNET] "Sunbelt"?

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On 3/1/2012 12:32 PM, Carl Johan Nordlund wrote:
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> Sort of a silly question - but how come the upcoming Sunbelt 
> conference is called "Sunbelt"? Hamburg is a bit off from the southern 
> regions of the US, no?
> And see you there!
> Carl
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hi carl,
            the reason lies in the mists of time. the first sunbelt 
gatherings were in the usa sunbelt. and the name had meaning in the 
winter season which implied some nice marketing. but as soon as the 
first vancouver sunbelt occured, the term lost its initial meaning. with 
the merging of the european and sunbelt gathering occurred in london in 
1995, the term had even less descriptive merit. but the tradition of 
naming it 'sunbelt' remained. i like it - but maybe when all of the old 
farts who were at the beginning of sunbelt peg out, then the name might 
change. but in the current rotation, the two in the usa are in the 
sunbelt and to quote meatloaf "two out three ain't bad".
with best wishes
pat


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