Update: Mencken Oktoberfest at the Goethe Institut Is Now Free

The lecture and showing of Inherit the Wind at the Goethe-Institut are now free of charge but there will be no buffet and no Oktoberfest beer. Lunch may be had at any of the nearby restaurants. We hope to see you on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:30 am.

The registration deadline has been extended to October 24, 2013. Please email your reservations to Erica Joyce or call 703-237-0858.

The Goethe-Institut Washington is at 812 7th St NW. Some nearby places to have lunch are:

RFD Washington, 810 7th St, NW

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant, 808 7th St, NW

Nando’s Peri-Peri (Portugese Chicken), 819 7th St, NW ‎(across the street from RFD Washington)

Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St, NW

Mencken Day 2013

Mencken Day 2013 will be held on September 7, 2013 at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD.

Schedule

10:30 a.m. — Mencken Society annual meeting

1:30 p.m. — The 2013 Mencken Memorial Lecture — “An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug Cocaine” by Dr. Howard Markel. Guest appearance by H. L. Mencken.

Dr. Markel is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan and a professor of psychiatry, public health, history and pediatrics. He has been a regular contributor for National Public Radio’s Science Friday. Dr. Markel’s most recent book is An Anatomy of Addiction. Of particular interest to Menckenphiles is his book, written with Frank A. Oski, The H. L. Mencken Baby Book.

A reception and book signing will follow in the Poe Room.

The Mencken Room is open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

New exhibits: “H. L. Mencken and Dr. Louis Cheslock (1898-1981)”, “Mencken and Arthur J. Gutman: 1911-2012” and “Mencken and Anthony Turano: 1893-1991.”

Arthur J. Gutman was a collector of Menckeniana and a former Treasurer and President of the Mencken Society.

Anthony Turano, an Italian-American lawyer who practiced in Reno Nevada, made many contributions to the The American Mercury. A noteworthy contribution was his “The speech of Little Italy” which appeared in the July 1932 issue. Like Mencken, he was enchanted by language and possessed a Menckenian repository of words. “Because of my early habit of looking up every unfamiliar word in a battered copy of Webster, my vocabulary became so top-heavy that my supply of words was far in excess of my ideas.”

Mr Mencken on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

Mr Mencken was used to introduce the final segment of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley for 2013-08-05. The story was about Carol Ott of Baltimore who shames owners of run-down property in the city by posting their names and photographs of their falling-down buildings on her website http://slumlordwatch.wordpress.com/.

The introductory part of the segment begins at approximately 17:09 and lasts about sixteen seconds. The whole story may be viewed at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50152377n.

The newsreader is Maurice DuBois (Scott Pelley was out on assignment).

[17:09] DuBois: “The legendary journalist H. L. Mencken wrote that his row house in Baltimore was as much a part of him as his hands and that such feelings for one’s home were more enduring there than in any other big city in America, giving Baltimore its superior charm.”

A picture of Mencken and then of the house follow. Oleg Panczenko provided the picture which he on took August 8, 2008. CBS removed the color and cropped the image.

Charles Fecher to be Honored 2012-10-20

“The Baltimore City Historical Society is honoring the late Charles Fecher at its annual  Mayor’s Reception on October 20, 2012 at Mount Calvary Church, 816 N. Eutaw Street [cor Madison Ave.], from 12 to 2:30 p.m., tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased at the door. Fecher was a distinguished Mencken scholar and editor of the Mencken diaries. For information call 410-625-4828.”

What: Mayor’s Reception Honoring Charles Fecher
When: October 20, 2012 12-2:30 PM
Where: Mount Calvary Church816 N. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD

H L Mencken Stamp

Mencken Five Cent Stamp

Mencken Five Cent Stamp

This stamp is not official US Postal issue, but it ought to be. Produced by Society member Otto David Sherman, these stamps won’t pay for your mail to be delivered, but they will allow you to declare to the world your Menckenophilia.

We can’t claim that these stamps will appreciate in value as have the “Inverted Jenny” or the “Benjamin Franklin Z-Grill“, but one can never tell.

Indulge your timbromania. Get this stamp by joining or renewing your membership in The Mencken Society. Renewing members of the Society will receive a strip of five (5) stamps and new members will receive two strips (10 stamps).

Come to the Mencken Day celebration at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, September 8, 2012, and be one of the first to get these (non-USPS) issues.

Mencken Society T-Shirts

The Mencken Society is happy to offer its members official Mencken Society T-shirts. These shirts will be for sale at the Mencken Day Celebration, September 8, 2012, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The front of the shirt shows the Society’s logo and the back a quote particularly apt during Presidential Campaign season: “No one in this world, so far as I know … has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.”

We offer these shirts, normally $20, at the special Mencken Day price of $15 (price includes Maryland sales tax). All proceeds go to the Enoch Pratt Library for the Mencken Room. Please note that at this time we can only accept cash or checks.