From PSYCLOPS, the newsletter of the Psychology Dept., University of Toronto, 1990:
On June 7, 8, and 9, 1990, a conference in honour of Ben Murdock took place at the Croft Chapter House, University ot Toronto. The participants included James Anderson, Alan Baddeley, Robert Bjork, Michael Corballis, Fergus Craik, Bob Crowder, Barbara Dosher, William Estes, Alice Healy, Bill Hockley (co-organizer), Doug Hintzman, Michael Humphreys, Steve Lewandowsky (co-organizer), Bob Lockhart, Gordon Logan, George Mandler, Gail McKoon, Janet Metcalfe, Doug Mewhort, Lars-Goeran Nilsson, Roger Ratcliff, Richard Shiffrin, Norm Slamecka, Endel Tulving, and Elke Weber, Many other important researchers also attended. If a bomb had fallen on Croft Chapter House, John Furedy would have instantly become the world’s most eminent cognitive psychologist.
Mike Corballis kicked things off by stating that Ben is responsible for "the best memory data in the world; the most snugly fitting theories in the area; and the most creative use of mathematics." One sign of Ben’s impact is the number of Psychological Review papers published by him, his former graduate students, and his former post-docs. We challenge readers to come up with the name of any professor in history with a greater total.
Some other quotes from the presentations:
-"Why, having so many neurons, do we have so few thoughts?" – J.A. Anderson
-"Men’s and women’s brains tend to be organized differently, except in New Zealand." – M.C. Corballis
-"I have shot my wad." – R.M. Shiffrin
-"Gus, how much time do I have left? … [long pause] … Round it off to the nearest five minutes if necessary." – R.G. Crowder
-"I feel a little bit like Alice Healy." – W.E. Hockley
-"Mathematically, I am something of a nitwit." – A.D. Baddeley
-"Bla, bla, bla." – A.D. Baddeley
-"Do, Re, Mi." – A.F. Healy
-"EPCROC." – W.E. Hockley
-"What?" – R. Ratcliff
-"Subjects don’t like learning nonsense." – W.K. Estes [We knew there was something wrong with UNIX.]
-"If Ben hadn’t accepted me as a post-doc in 1974, I’d still be in New Zealand chasing sheep with Mike Corballis." – R. Ratcliff
The proceedings will be published by Erlbaum [Relating theory and data: essays on human memory in honor of Bennet B. Murdock. Edited by William E. Hockley, Stephan Lewandowsky. Hillsdale, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates, 1991]. There is no word on whether there will be a nonfiction version.
Two records were established: most data points in a figure (720, Gordon Logan), and most illegible overheads in a conference (312).
Ben, we all wish you the best. Long may you continue your extraordinary work.