You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out: A Prelude to the Movie A Christmas Story
By Martha Powers, OLLI Member
Enjoy a film preview event, Friday, December 11, 10:00.
Ever since its release in 1983, the classic comedy film “A Christmas Story” has been an annual celebration of the holidays. Traditionally, it is screened for 24 hours on TBS and TNT, starting at 8:00 (TBS) and 9:00 (TNT) on Christmas Eve.
Based upon anecdotes written by Jean Shepherd about his childhood in Cleveland’s west side in the 1940s, the movie recalls a young boy’s yearning for a Red Ryder air rifle, his visit to a department store Santa Claus, and the fate of the family’s turkey dinner. This movie pre-view class at 10:00 on Friday, December 11, will refer to certain features in the movie, but not reveal enough detail to ruin your viewing of it.
We will learn more about versatile Jean Shepherd, the actors in the movie, trivia and goofs, and the far-ranging music soundtrack. Join us for a fast-paced slideshow that shows what has made this highly rated movie a timeless tradition for millions of Americans.
Martha Powers has renewed her OLLI membership and is again enjoying friends and classes, thanks to the wonders of Zoom. She resides in Lake Frederick, VA, and loves sharing movies with friends.
The December Zoom meeting of the History Club will take place on Wednesday, December 2,at 10:00 (note time). We are fortunate in having Pat McGinty speaking about a World War II B‑24 bomber, the “Lady be Good.” After a bombing mission on Naples, the plane and its pilot went down as it headed for home base in Northern Libya. The exact location of the wreck, presumed to be in the Mediterranean Sea, became a mystery to be solved in 1958 when it was discovered 440 miles inland.
The account Pat will tell us is one of “confusion, miscommunication, and attempts at survival.” This presentation is a fascinating story with which to conclude our fall meetings. The History Club will not meet again until February, so take advantage of this opportunity to be informed and entertained. All OLLI members are invited to History Club meetings—discover us without having to travel to Fairfax!
OLLI Celebrates Veterans Day
By John Nash, E-News Editor
Almost 50 OLLI members enjoyed the annual Veterans Day Program this year. One of the highlights was when Martha Powers, who originally initiated the celebration six years ago, introduced special guests Chester Myslicki and Adrian Pelzner, both of whom served in World War II. With the assistance of his niece, Chester, who turned 100 years old this October, watched the program on Zoom, occasionally smiling. Adrian Pelzner offered some reminiscences from that time, while Sally Wallace, Jim Dunphy’s widow, recalled Jim’s love of OLLI.
The program included a presentation by Gordon Sumner, a retired Army officer and now president/CEO of Veterans Moving Forward, an organization that provides service dogs to qualified veterans. Gordon pointed out the value of service dogs to despondent veterans, often giving them something to care for and helping to reduce veteran suicides
Attendees also were eligible for donations from local businesses. Each participant received a gift card from Mission Barbeque for a free sandwich; Brion’s Grill provided a $25 gift card; University Theaters donated five theater passes and University Sonoco Auto Services contributed four free safety inspections and two oil/filter changes. It’s nice to support those who support OLLI.
The program concluded with a brief recognition of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the landing at Normandy and the beginning of the liberation of Europe. We always thank our veterans and especially those men and women who served in World War II. Truly, they are The Greatest Generation!
By John Olsen and Edward Marion
Photography Club Co-Coordinators
The OLLI Photo Club (OPC) will meet, via Zoom of course, on Friday, November 27, at noon. This is the “technical” meeting each fourth Friday where attendees can discuss photographic issues as well as review member photos taken during the month. All OLLI members are welcome to join the OPC; it’s a benefit of your membership. Zoom codes for the meeting are Meeting ID: 559 666 340; Pass code: 746 862.
Come enjoy a couple of hours discussing photography rather than fighting Black Friday crowds! This is definitely a lot more fun!
The November 2020 Photo of the Month theme was Feathers. We selected John Olsen’s photo “Long Feathery Plumes of the Great Egret,” which may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club’s photo website. — By John Olsen and Ed Marion, Photography Club Coordinators
Darkness coming early
Foxes’ coats thickening up
Flowers bid farewell for now
Ah but here come my camellias
Shades of pink now dare the frost
Leaves will fall and slowly form many piles
Children play outside catching the last rays of warmth
So we close summer and open the opportunities of autumn
Although Mason’s campus is shut down, online entertainment continues for us to access and enjoy. Dr. Linda Apple Monson produces a periodic “Notes from the Director.” This email is full of interesting online performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music. If you would like to receive these bulletins, just send an email to Brianna Schoen firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, the Center for the Arts has a websiteMason Arts at Home, which has a calendar of online events and access to many past performances. Information can also be found atCFA ticket purchase pageor theHylton ticket purchase page.
Please note: Physical meetings for clubs and activities are canceled until further notice in accordance with Mason’s guidelines. OLLI is conducting its classes and activities online. Refer to the university’s coronavirus website for official university updates and check the OLLI calendar for revised information.
The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office. The list is accurate as of mid-week but for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below). The OLLI office has sent (or will send) emails with links and meeting passwords to club members; you may also log in at the member portal and click on ZOOM CLASS LINKS.
Sat Nov 21
Tai Chi Club
Personal Computer User Group
Mon Nov 30
What’s in the Daily News?
Tue Dec 1
Tai Chi Club
Wed Dec 2
Mah Jongg Club
Tom Crooker Investment Forum Annual Holiday Party
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