From the (Oak Park, Ill.) Riverside/Brookfield Landmark of Nov. 8, 2005:
Professor Sludge explains genealogy
I am sitting here next to Professor Jonathan E. Sludge, who has just informed me that he is the leading expert in all the world on the subject of genealogy.
"That is correct, Mr. Stach. I am."
Very good. Professor, as you know, many residents of Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside are very interested in genealogy. Can you please tell me, what was it that first inspired you to learn all you could about this subject?
"Well Mr. Stach, I remember it as if it were only yesterday. I was a 10-year-old boy, and I was reading the book, '1,001 Arabian Nights.' It was so inspiring."
Pr-professor, maybe what I'm thinking isn't true. I hope it isn't, anyway. But could you define the word 'genealogy' for me?
"Most certainly, my dear sir. Genealogy is the study of genies."
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