MT VOID 06/13/97 (Vol. 15, Number 50)

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Mt. Holz Science Fiction Society
Club Notice - 06/13/97 -- Vol. 15, No. 50

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              Mark Leeper   MT 3E-433  732-957-5619
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URL of the week:

It's ugly, I know, but it gets you directly to the description of VIRUS, written by Bell Labs' own Bill Buchanan. See page 2 of the May 16 "Bell Labs News" for more information. His internal URL is [-ecl]

Comments on last week's VOID:

Well this is what I get for not proofreading the notice better. Here I was telling people that just about nobody knows the real name of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." EVEN EVELYN did not know the real title. So what does she do? She has as the first item a URL for the text of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." And she gives the correct name. Talk about being fed the answers before being asked the question! All you people who people who said "I know! I know! It's 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde'" are on a par with Herbert W. Stemple and Charles Van Doren. And if you don't know who they were, look around the notice. Maybe Evelyn hid the answer someplace. (I assume many of you do know about Stemple and Van Doran.)

As for the question about OUR AMERICAN COUSIN, I got answers back from

   - Lance Larsen
   - Susan Wysk
   - Lester Meyers
   - Bob Devney
   - David Long
   - Pete Rubinstein
   - Paul Chisholm (of course  Paul  was  one  of  the  people  who
     originally had to be told the answer)
   - Ian Gahan (a Scot who knows more American  history  than  some
     Americans apparently)
   - Joe Ziegler
   - Maurice Burns
   - Jay Carter
   - and last but not least one Harold Leeper (Happy Father's  Day,

Each of them knew that Abraham Lincoln saw the first part of the play, but did not stay to the end. Actually, I suspect that nobody got to see the end of play that night. One wonders if they got rainchecks to come back another night to see the end of the play. So much for "the show must go on." I guess it surprises me how few people know that it was the play Lincoln was watching when he was shot. Somehow that is the first fact I associate with the play. Humor was a little different in those days so I doubt many would like it now. The kind of joke that was in the play was to say that a characters's brother had been on a shooting excursion with a party of crows, some of which were six feet high. When someone objects that there are no birds that big, he is informed that they are really Crow Indians. That is the kind of knee-slapper Lincoln was subjected to on his last night. Booth may have been more merciful than people realize. (I am assuming I don't have to explain who Booth was.) And interesting coincidence has come up on the this question. Counting Evelyn, me, and non-member Art Snowden, fifteen people have so far responded with the name "Lincoln". (Sorry, Bill Higgins, but I have to disqualify you on the technicality that you knew the answer, but did not give it.) Four of them graduated from Massachusetts high schools the same year I did. Of those Evelyn is the only one who did not graduate from Longmeadow High School. Maybe teaching standards were different elsewhere. Actually of 15 people who knew the answer, five I know of have some connection to Massachusetts.

Bob Devney actually corrected me that the original title is "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Later publications added the definite article at the beginning. That's what I get for being smug. [-mrl]

                                   Mark Leeper
                                   MT 3E-433 732-957-5619