From the Chairman

David Bloomberg

The weather and season turned out to be our enemy as REALL's lunch meeting in December was held on one of the coldest days of the year, and apparently also one of the busiest. Still, eight or so brave souls, including a new member, converged on Shakey's to discuss skepticism and REALL. As usual, a good time was had by all who made it. Next lunch meeting will be in better weather, I promise.

Speaking of meetings, our next one resumes our regular first-Tuesday-of-the-month schedule at the Library. Yes, folks, that's January 2, by which time most New Year's hangovers should be but a dim memory.

January's meeting will feature another Skeptics Society videotape -- this one on The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the 'Real World'. Featuring Dr. Judith Grabiner, the video provides critical thinking tools to analyze opinions and data in the real world, such as opinion polls; advertising and marketing; and "facts" in the field of psychology and sociology. It should be interesting!

On a completely different subject, I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome two new REALL Patron members: David Gehrig and Rev. Charles Hanson. As our Nod to Patron Members, below, says, REALL couldn't continue without their generosity. Thanks to all of them and everybody else who has helped to support REALL this year and into the future!

/s/ David Bloomberg

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