A Tribute to Alan Jutzi by an anonymous colleague at The Huntington

You may have heard that Alan Jutzi, Avery Chief Curator of Rare Books, is retiring after a 45-year career at The Huntington. In his honor, I have been asked to pass along the following:


On the Retirement of the Avery Chief Curator of Rare Books, Alan Jutzi

with apologies to Robert Mezey


Who knows his Heber from his Hoe?

His Pembroke, Patton, Pound, and Poe?

Or where the Chew and Chaucer go?

Don’t ask me, ask Jutzi.


When did we get the plant that’s stinkin’?

Who remembers stuff on Lincoln?

Or why de Worde was always Wynkyn?

Don’t have a clue? Ask Jutzi.


Bukowski—was he real or fakin’?

Do we keep much on Francis Bacon?

And why, oh why, was Conrad Aiken?

Search me, ask Alan Jutzi.


How did Henry store his plonk?

Do we have Alchemy, by Franck?

Where did the scholars play petanque?

I don’t know, ask Jutzi.


Who takes on rare books mano a mano?

Who’s every curator’s hermano?

And what the hell’s a zamarano?

You’d better go ask Jutzi.


Whose tennis game is strong and gutsy?

Whose love of fishing’s slightly nutsy?

Who makes the rest of us look putzy?

God only knows—and Jutzi.


Based on Robert Mezey’s “On the Retirement of the Scholar, Thomas Pinney.”


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