[Ads-l] Youneverknow.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 1 14:33:17 EST 2019


Ah, brings back fond memories.  Yes, I recall getting those little
vouchers--less than 1F50, maybe 1F25--when I lived in Paris during my
junior year abroad in 1963-64.  The vouchers actually allowed me to eat in
a choice of "salles à manger universitaires" or whatever the term was,
although perhaps they required a few centimes extra for wine ("un quart de
vin")?  Can't quite recall that part, but I do remember one of them, the
Foyer vietnamien, where I first learned from the papers and leaflets
distributed there about the French colonial occupation, Dien Bien Phu, and
the beginning of the U.S. intervention--back then it was just "military
advisors", but you could tell--or at least the Vietnamese students
could--the direction things were going.
*(It was escalaaaation I know, and it might have ended right then at the
start...) *

LH

On Sun, Dec 1, 2019 at 11:35 AM Margaret Winters <mewinters at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> When I was a student in France I ate at the university restaurant (dorm
> food is dorm food is dorm food, but we did get things like braised
> leeks...) - we would buy books of tickets at some very (VERY) low price of
> a franc and a half or something like that and turn in a ticket for each
> meal.
>
> Margaret
>
> ----------------------------
> MARGARET E WINTERS
> Former Provost
> Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
> Wayne State University
> Detroit, MI  48202
>
> mewinters at wayne.edu
>
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> Got a letter from a local charity soliciting donations to allow for the
> provision of _meal-tickets_ to the poor. Didn't know that "meal-ticket" had
> a literal meaning.
>
> --
> -Wilson
> -----
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