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Letter from the Editor
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Most of you reading this will have heard that Brett Foster (1973-2015) and Roger Lundin (1949-2015), both of whom were members of Wheaton College's English Department, died within the same week in November. Like many who were thankful for the friendship of these two men, I'm far from coming to terms with the loss, but I want to say something in these pages about their work for B&C—about Roger's in this issue, and Brett's in the following issue.
I first met Roger (whose essays in the Reformed Journal I had admired) in the summer of 1994, shortly after I had been hired to start B&C. I had only been in Wheaton for a couple of weeks (Wendy and the kids were still in Pasadena, California, to follow later in the summer) when Roger phoned and invited me to lunch. A friend of his who taught at Calvin College, Ed Ericson, had told Roger that we should meet. (Ed had been a professor at Westmont College when I transferred there as a student to begin my junior year in 1968, and we became lifelong friends.) And Roger knew about B&C from his friend and colleague Mark Noll.
If Roger were here, he might well be able to tell you what we had for lunch that day. His memory was extraordinary—not just for texts (I'll never forget the Liberty Fund conversation during which he quoted chunks of Emerson's prose from memory, without the slightest sense of strain) but also for events and their context, the daily stuff of life. Losing his presence means, among other things, losing a living archive—losing part of myself. His family and his close friends must feel this intensely.
Roger soon became a valued contributor to B&C. His first piece, "When the Fire Goes Out," an essay-review occasioned by Robert Richardson's Emerson: The Mind on Fire, appeared in March/April 1996 (just the fourth issue ...