On Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:33:19 -0700 (PDT), "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels
This evening CUNY-TV kindly put on an *Inspector Morse*, so I tuned in to see
those outdoor pubs and crossword puzzles. Instead, I found him bedridden with
a bleeding ulcer exacerbated by alcoholism. with nary a puzzle and taking up
a cold case -- the "Oxford canalboat murder of 1859." The two layers of flashback
-- the events surrounding the death, and the trial (with a fair-minded judge)
were well done, but -- just for me -- there was a criminologist, who wrote the
book that intrigued Morse, who I'd never have guessed was supposed to be American
until they said so. She certainly had an odd accent, but not an American one and
specifically not a Boston one to go with her professorship at B.U.
I saw those episodes years ago, and can't remember the character's
names. However, according to IMDb, there is a character name "Dr.
Millicent 'Millie' Van Buren". Sounds like your professor from B.U.
The actress who plays that part is an American, Lisa Eichhorn. Ms
Eichhorn was born in Glens Falls, NY, USA. She has worked on both
sides of the pond appearing in "Law and Order" (1998), "Chicago Hope"
(1998) and "Touched by An Angel" (1998). I mention the dates because
her appearance in "Morse" was in 1998. She attended university in the
UK, studied acting in the UK, and has appeared in several UK movie/tv
She was up for the role of "Diane" in "Cheers" but lost out to Shelley
Long. "Cheers", for those that don't know the show, was set in
So...one of two things...either she has spent so much time abroad that
her accent has melded into something neither American nor British, or
you have some preconception of what an American sounds like that is
far too rigid. "Tin ear" comes to mind.
Why on earth, though, do you think that a professor at Boston
University is necessarily from the Boston area or even an American by
A recent addition to B.U.'s faculty is Elizabeth Coppock who was
formerly an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at University of
Gothenburg, Sweden, worked in the Department of General Linguistics at
Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf, Linguistics Department at the
University of Texas at Austin, and has a B.A. in Linguistics from
Northwestern University in Illinois.
What accent do you think she has?
Take a look at the faculty list of the Linguistics staff at B.U. you
find most of them are from places other than Boston.
I'm sure this is true of any of the departments at B.U.
Post by Peter T. Daniels
And next Friday evening I'm expecting to go to MoMA for the Frank Lloyd Wright
show! (Celebrating the transfer of his archives from Taliesin West to the Avery
Library of Art and Architecture at Columbia (the materials on paper) and MoMA
(the models and other realia).
That should be an interesting evening. Does your bus pass include
Jersey City to Manhattan?
Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida