I have been highly honored by the Society with the privilege of serving as your president and of presenting an address to the annual meeting. In similar circumstances, one of our former presidents, Dr. Clay Huff, with his characteristic modesty, once described the genesis of such an honor as “some quirk in the democratic process followed by this Society,” but quirk, accident, or otherwise, I am most grateful.
Perhaps the most significant challenge to the president of this Society is that of selecting an appropriate topic for the presidential address. I suppose the usual course of events is to review, as far back as possible, the addresses given by presidents in the past. This can be a devastating experience, for one soon discovers that almost everything worth saying has already been said. A number of presidents have pointed with justifiable pride to the accomplishments of the past; others have pointed with equally justifiable alarm at the problems of the future.