Gallagher, BP's Environmental
Manager in Baku, spends much of his spare time exploring the
Azerbaijani countryside, searching for evidence of ancient civilization.
His efforts have uncovered some remarkable discoveries, including
numerous ancient burial chambers and peculiar patterns of grooves
and cup holes carved right into the rock. Along with colleague
and fellow explorer Abbas Islamov, Gallagher hopes to begin to
document and draw attention to this evidence of Early Man and
help protect them from being inadvertently destroyed. Page
Pashayev has written
10 books related to Iraq's Turkoman minority-or Karkuk-as they
are known in Azeri. The Turkoman are very closely related to
Azerbaijanis and speak virtually the same language. Pashayev
lived in Iraq from 1962 to 1966 and again from 1972 to 1975.
His collection of Karkuk-related material is now on display at
Baku's Nizami Literature Museum in their permanent collection.
For this issue, he helped us put a face to one of the major ethnic
groups in Iraq which are primarily located near the Kirkuk oil
fields which are currently under bombardment by U.S.-led forces.
Hovdey has been writing
about Thoroughbred horses since the 1970s. That's the reason
he knows so much about the current season's forefront winner
named "Azeri", which was just honored as the North
American "Horse of the Year" for being the best race
horse for 2002. A Southern California native, Jay holds the title
of Executive Columnist for the Daily Racing Form, America's leading
journal of Thoroughbred racing. He is married to Julie Krone,
the Hall of Fame jockey and former ESPN Female Athlete of the
Year. Page 15.
of the State Museum of Azerbaijani Musical Culture, has been
hard at work publicizing unknown works by famous Azerbaijani
composers. By sifting through composers' archives at the Museum
and organizing premiere performances of works by Niyazi and Gara
Garayev, Bayramova is bringing forgotten, unpublished pieces
to life once again, nearly 20 years after the composers' deaths.
Editorial Assistant Aynura Huseinova has diligently worked
behind the scenes to make this issue a reality. She was also
involved with translating Azeri proverbs in the Turkoman article
and in fleshing out "Sociolinguistically Speaking"
with examples of children's
lore. Aynura is interning in Los Angeles where she serves
as Webmaster for Azerbaijan International's four Web sites: AZER.com
(magazine archives), AZgallery.org
( showcase of 3,000 works by Azerbaijani artists), AZERI.org
(Azeri language and literature, much of it in English translation)
and HAJIBEYOV.com (music
of Uzeyir Hajibeyov). Page
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