Thanks to Alice Yucht, I've learned my Tuesday post commending the AASL conference blog distorted her views. I've pasted Alice's clarifications below. My apologies to anyone I offended.
Alice Yucht writes…
"My comments were specifically about the Closing Session, not the whole conference:
1. The names I offered were for keynote speakers for the final General Session. My *suggestions* were offered in an impromptu or extemporaneous fashion, which is what 'off the cuff' means. The individuals I recommended are all highly-esteemed members of their respective professions, and are in demand for their thoughtful and well-prepared presentations, rather than for any 'off the cuff' remarks.
2. My request was that the Closing Session Speaker would — in essence — reframe and bring together all the strands of the conference programming in order to give the attendees new goals and missions to consider as they go back to their own schools and libraries."