Just about anything that might be interesting about us can be found on our website: http://www.esauboeck.com/. We are sharing this blog! George’s entries are B SIDE; Erika’s entries are A SIDE. At least we’re trying to remember to distinguish them that way! We’re rather blasé about making entries here, we’re trying to get better about publishing something every now and then!
And here are a few biofacts:
ERIKA: I was born in Santa Barbara, California, where I went to high school, too. We moved to Torrance, CA, when I was 5, and back to Santa Barbara when I was 14. I went away to college–Temple Buell College, Denver, which reverted to its original name of Colorado Women’s College right after Temple Buell failed to give them the $25 million he had promised the school. The main reason I went there was 1) I got a full scholarship there; 2) they had a Junior Year Abroad program to Vienna; and 3) the school was the main source of dates for the Air Force Academy (no radical hippie was I at that time!). I majored in German, but fell in love with art history because of that revelatory year in Vienna. Vienna changed my life. Graduating with a B.A. in German and Art History even in 1971 didn’t offer a lot of job opportunities, so I went to Library School (Denver University) to get that “useful” degree, only to graduate just as that job market was getting tight for the first time in history. Encouraged by my German prof., I applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany–and then got a good library position at Portland State University. When I did get the Fulbright, I had to leave what was a very nice library job–and my career of vacillation between art history and libraries began! George & I met in library school, and after 3 years of tumult and indecisiveness, finally decided to give it a go as a team. We ended up in library jobs in Texas. We liked San Antonio but not the jobs, so decided to go back to graduate school–well, G. decided to go to Penn for a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife, and after a year, I decided to get my Ph.D. in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. Naturally, I chose a Viennese topic for my dissertation, and we spent a great year in Vienna while I did the research. But I panicked again about job prospects in Art History, so returned to libraries and became the librarian at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. That’s where we had our big surprise–our baby Max. For reasons that now seem rather obscure, we then made another jump to New Orleans, where G. had his only job as a folklorist, and I stayed home and wrote my thesis at last. Another job search saw us move from NOLA to Appleton, Wisconsin, where I taught Art History for the first time, at Lawrence University. GREAT place to write all my lectures! But we were freezing, and G’s job ended when the Paper Museum of which he was director moved to Atlanta. So another GIGANTIC move this time: to the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where I taught for 13 years. Most of Max’s schooling was in Australia, and we became dual citizens. Wanting to write a book, and having our son back at Reed College–and a whole lot of other reasons–made us return to the States in 2003. I did write my book, and am now once again working as a librarian (part-time) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. We live in Pasadena. I am now trying to come up with another research topic, while watching the interest in anything I’m interested in writing about dwindle into non-existence. But I’m still giving it the old college try!