By Bob Curtis, Local Secretary
In last month's column, I scribbled about the winter solstice and how the celebration of
Christmas on December 25th came about. On January 4th, at 1:03 am EST, I celebrated the
earth's perihelion; this is the moment of the year when the earth is closest to the sun due to the
earth's elliptical orbit. One effect of this is that winters and summers are milder in the northern
hemisphere than they are in the southern hemisphere. Aphelion, the moment when the earth is
most distant from the sun, will occur on July 3rd at 7:10 pm EDT. These are two under-
celebrated astronomical events, but good reasons for a little scotch.
ALBERT CAMUS - the name
Camus and his family are Algerian, and as I understand it from Rev. Edwin Dodge Cuffe, S.J.,
my Dean and Professor of Poetry (1960-1961), who knew Camus personally, Camus himself
pronounced the "s" of his last name (not making it silent as would ordinarily be the case in
French). Albert Camus was born on November 7, 1913, at Mondovi, Algeria. He died in an
automobile accident near Sens, France, on January 4, 1960. He was noted for fighting in the
Resistance in France during World War II, and received the Noble Prize in Literature in 1957.
He is sometimes referred to as a Catholic Existentialist. This probably is in a league with Hillaire
Belloc who insisted that his first name should be pronounced "Hillary."
Donna Funk, a NNJM member who lives in Garfield, is the president of Moon Doggie Coffee
Roasters on West Pleasant Avenue in Maywood. She has offered to help raise money for our
Wendy Sailer Scholarship by doing a coffee/dessert tasting event and donating all the proceeds.
I think this would be excellent, and look forward to it. Meanwhile, check out Moon Doggie at
Thanks to Nisha Zoeller for all her work as Scholarship Chair during the last few weeks. This is
an intense period because of the need to organize and run the Mensa scholarship essay contest.
Thanks also to Miriam Schneidmill who has put some life back into our testing program, and to
Kathe Oliver and John Devoti for their contributions of articles for our newsletter.