We knighted Sir Mike Wisch during the August 9 Nantucket fan back class. Sir Mike became the 161st Knight of Windsor. The class had a surprisingly high number of guys attending their first advanced class. Thus, they had never witnessed a knighting. Many of them assured me after that the ceremony was very moving. They especially liked the pageantry. I do have admit, we really do up Royal Orders ceremonies. They are a spectacle.
By the way, Sir Mike is from Wisconsin and brought me a foam Cheese Head – the triangular wedge of cheese worn by Green Bay football fans. It now sits proudly next to my foam Corn Head from Nebraska, as worn by Corn Husker fans. I am unaware of any other such head gear, but if your local team has something similar, bring me one for my growing collection.
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Because we had such a large percentage of Entered Apprentice chairmakers in the Nantucket class, the Raising was large as well. I always need someone to help me demonstrate the secret passwords and the secret handshake. The pickings among the masters were pretty slim so, I asked Sir Mike to assist me. Can you believe he only remembered half the response to the passwords of the Entered Apprentice? How do you only remember half of it? If you have half, don’t you automatically have it all? Any way, it made for a lot of laughs in an event whose isignificance is so serious, the dignity can otherwise be overwhelming.
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Remember the July eNewsletter, the ink blotter advertising the very distinctive Gluck Brothers Windsors? I was watching the made for television version of Death of a Salesman shortly after that email. What do the Lomans have around their kitchen table – a set of four Gluck #50s, the version with the splat. I noticed them immediately.
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Congratulations to Sir Brian Offutt and his wife Anna. Anna gave birth to their first son, Nathan Ambrose Offutt on Friday August 13, 2010. Sir Brian emailed us, “He was 19-3/4″ and 7lbs - 3.6ozs. He has already put a spokeshave on his Christmas list and cannot wait to take a Sack Back Class.” Sir Brian and Anna have twin girls who will undoubtedly help their parents care for their new baby brother.
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