We've returned from a grand American Atheists convention in Cincinnati. There were, I'm sure, problems or disappointments here and there (my back and some viral problem kept me from maximum participation or enjoyment), but I didn't actually hear any complaints from the hundreds of atheists I talked with or overheard. There were historical looks--Frank Zindler issued an impassioned, valedictory plea for the baton to be received by the new generations now in charge and Spike Tyson got a sustained standing ovation when Zindler suggested recognition for him. But most of the energy was forward focused. I didn't hear all the talks and workshops, but the highlights IMNHO were Gayle Jordan, Fraidy Reiss, Hector Garcia, the Alison Gill-led workshop, and, especially, the two keynotes: Jim Obergefell and Nick Fish both exceeded my high expectations.
Friday night featured a free banquet, a terrifying but exquisitely well delivered talk by Eddie Tabash, and a graceful, witty talk by Pamela Whissel.
I missed the activities outside the hotel, but being in Carew Tower and the Netherland Plaza Hilton meant plenty of choices for eats, etc., once we finally figured out what floor was which.
And, thanks to the photography skills of my son Michael Buckner, I learned that I missed spectacular views from the top of the building. His picture of the 1867 Roebling Bridge (predecessor to the Brooklyn Bridge) is posted with his permission: