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Winner: Pluto

While televisions reported the shocking election returns in the background, we tried to play a game of trivia. It wasn’t easy, but maybe that was the only way to deal with it. Pluto, feeling the Bern, finished just ahead of Mo, Dale, Judy, and CarolD. Brad, who finished back in the pack, finished with a smile. Way to go, Brad.

Tonight we learned that the first book manuscript to be written on a typewriter was Mark Twain’s “Tom Sawyer,” and that your crystal wedding anniversary is your 15th anniversary. All I got was glass (a bottle of beer.)

Good question!: Who wrote the book “Catch – 22”?

Choice’s: a. Hugo  b. Alcott  c. Heller  d. Wilde

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Answer: Heller

If you haven’t read this book, please find time someday to read it. One of the great novels in American literature, and funny as hell.

“Catch-22”
from the title of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel. In widespread use only after release of the movie based on the book in 1970. A frustrating situation in which one is trapped by contradictory regulations or conditions; a situation in which a person is frustrated by a paradoxical rule or set of circumstances that preclude any attempt to escape from them.

No time to read the book? “Try the audiobook, read brilliantly by Jay O. Sanders, who does as well with colloquial midcentury American accents as any RSC actor has ever done with the accents of Dickens. Its best scenes remain screamingly, laugh-out-loud funny.”

Here are some memorable lines:

“From now on I’m thinking only of me.”

Major Danby replied indulgently with a superior smile: “But, Yossarian, suppose everyone felt that way.”

“Then,” said Yossarian, “I’d certainly be a damned fool to feel any other way, wouldn’t I?”

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“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.”

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and a thought for today:

“It was miraculous. It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, plunder into philanthropy, and brutality into patriotism. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”

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