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February 2007

February 15 * Guest Speaker- Corpus Christi Senior Club, Evansville, IN
Corpus Christi
The scene at the Corpus Christi Senior Club Meeting

Mary Pat Hubert called me and invited me to speak at the Corpus Christi Senior Club on the West side of Evansville. I usually don't do speaking engagements during the winter months because the weather is so unpredictable. However, Mary Pat was so nice I just couldn't resist. I'm glad I went. It was my first talk since November of 2006 and I was afraid I was going to be rusty. The way I operate is like balancing on a high wire. I don't use notes and I don't know what I'm going to say until I start. After three months of resting and working on the website I was wondering if this was going to be the night that I fell off the wire. It wasn't. I got back into the groove pretty quickly and everyone seemed to like the talk.
       There were about 40 people at the dinner and Mary Pat introduced me to just about everyone before people started lining up to eat. I couldn't eat. I was too nervous to eat. Instead I sat around and talked to some of the folks during the meal. They were a very inviting bunch. I quickly felt very comfortable. I can't remember much of what I said. As usual, I got carried away. I asked Mary Pat to signal me after about 30 minutes. She got carried away too and forgot to signal me. It was a great evening and I had a great time. I invited folks up to get a copy of
Thunder From a Clear Sky and I sold a pretty good pile of books. It was great to get back in the swing after a three month lay-off and I thank the Corpus Christi Senior Club for giving me the chance. Thank you Mary Pat.

Mary Pat
Mary Pat and Yours Truly

February 20 * Guest Speaker- Southwestern Indiana Historical Society, Evansville, IN

Well, it finally happened. After being in Evansville for 21 years I finally made it to the famous local eatery, Weinbach's Cafeteria. Seems strange to say that I have never been to Weinbach's, but, there it is. Because the surroundings were a little foreign to me, I was nervous. They had a room reserved for the event. Everyone got their dinner and brought it into the room and ate. I was too nervous to eat, but I had a great time sitting and talking with everyone. I tried to introduce myself to the 25 or so members of the society before my talk started, but I don't think I got to everyone. As usual, I try to pick up a thread or thought starter for my speech from talking to folks before I start. I talked about how I discovered Albert Pancake from my son's tombstone etching years ago and how that got me into the Newburgh story. It was a great time. I just took off and had to be pulled back. I sold a few books and was very happy I did the engagement. It was a great time and I thank the Society for having me.