DuPage Science Fiction and Fantasy Society



August 2020


An August Party!



[statue of Augustus Caesar]


HOSTOID: Jason Youngberg
 
WHERE: 466 Sunnybrook Lane, Wheaton
 
PHONE: 630-668-1006
 
DATE: Saturday, August 8
 
TIME: 8:00 PM until ??:??

(Remember: Bring a dessert or snack to pass and, as always, BYOB!)


Those of you who know me well may know that I have a love of words. If there are multiple/parallel universes out there, with alternate versions of ourselves, there could easily be another version of me who became a linguist. (One of my favorite podcasts is "Lexicon Valley," for which I won't include a link here - it's easy to find in a Web search.) It occurred to me when thinking about this month's upcoming party that there are three months in our calendar whose names match words in the English language: March, May and August. I've already made puns using the first two of those in the themes, or titles, of a few of our monthly parties; so I guess it's time for the third one. Although there may not be anything about this specific party that makes it august, or venerable (various dictionaries define "august" using synomyms like awe-inspiring, impressive, imposing, distinguished, majestic, dignified, etc.), I feel that our Society, though small, could itself be described as august (in the impressive sense at least) - after all, we've been at this for 34 years. (Some of you may recall that when we had our 30th anniversary party in 2016, Jim and Marcia Colsmith felt it was important enough to make the trip down from Wisconsin.)

As to the current month, August is named after Augustus Caesar, who was the first emperor of Rome. (Julius Caesar did predate Augustus, but he was not an emperor; he was a statesman who tried to become dictator, which didn't work out too well for him. ;^) A dictionary reminded me about the name, but I didn't know about the rest until I looked up Augustus, and also found the statue image above, among many others of course. (I never studied ancient history in school. &^) Here is a History.com article, updated one year ago yesterday as I write this, about the loss of the Roman republic and Augustus' role in that.

Back in our time, Jason Youngberg graciously volunteered to host our party this month. It's one week earlier than it normally would be, because Jason has other plans for the 15th. The date of our party happens to be, according to National Day Calendar, National Happiness Happens Day, National Bowling Day, and Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor's Porch Day (really!), among others. Whether you feel like celebrating one or more of those, something else, or nothing at all - perhaps you just want to hang out with some fellow fannish folks - we hope to see you at Jason's! If you are allergic to cats, please keep in mind that Jason still shares his home with his longtime feline companion, Pepi.





Remember, please keep an eye on our Web site for future announcements: http://dupage-sf.club. We are sending a monthly email notice to those folks for whom we have current email addresses. If you're interested, send your up-to-date email address to Nick (see the contacts page).


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