From the Chairman

David Bloomberg

For the first time in REALL’s history, I find myself in the position of apologizing for missing an issue of the newsletter. The past couple months have blown by me (for part of an explanation, see my article on "miracles"). So, we have combined the March and April issues of the newsletter, and will follow shortly with a May issue. Everybody will have their subscriptions or memberships extended one month to account for the combined newsletter.

If you want to help us make sure it won’t happen again, remember that we are always looking for newsletter articles. If we don’t have anything to print, we can’t easily put together a newsletter!

Anyway, now that we’re back on track, we have not one but two exciting speakers to tell you about.

The first is actually speaking at a meeting of Gateway Skeptics – the St. Louis area local group. Phil Klass, Crown Prince of UFO Skeptics, will be speaking there on this Friday, May 17. Bob Ladendorf and I will be going down, so if you’re interested, give Bob a call!

On the very next Thursday, May 23, REALL will be having a special speaker of our own. Dr. Gerhard Eggert will be flying in from Germany just to speak to us! (OK, he’ll be in Urbana for a symposium, but he did specifically seek us out.) Dr. Eggert recently had an article about the "Battery of Baghdad" in the Skeptical Inquirer, and he will be giving us a presentation on that very subject. Because this is a special occasion (and because the library was booked), we have rented a meeting room at the Ramada on Dirksen Parkway specially for this meeting, 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 23. We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to attend and give a good showing for our friend who has traveled so many miles to speak to us! I hope to see you there!

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