Madison '84 was my first ICPR conference. Suzanne Kurth, who had chaired a session on friendship at the Southern Sociological Society meetings that spring, is the person who convinced me to attend. I drove up to Madison from Chicago, where my husband was still living (I had already relocated to Greensboro). I remember a long walk with a large group during which I talked to Bob Milardo, a visit with Suzanne Kurth and George McCall to the UW dairy to get ice cream, a fun afternoon at House on the Rock with David Morgan and his wife Susan, and noticing a delegate who kept changing her shoes. I remember the debates over whether we should establish an organization and how impressed I was with Bob Milardo's participation (he was very junior and the others who were actively participating in the discussion were already well-established scholars). And I remember the terrific presentation by fellow Simmel fan, George McCall.

     Most of all, I remember a conversation that changed my professional and personal life forever. Rosemary Blieszner and I had already been in sessions together at other conferences, but it was at this conference that Ron Abeles took me aside and suggested that Rosemary and I consider collaborating. Shortly afterwards Rosemary and I decided to room together at a Gerontological Society of America meeting so that we would have an opportunity to get to know each other better. This not only led to our co-editing Older Adult Friendship and our subsequent work together, but to our enduring friendship.

- Rebecca Adams

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