Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
The deadline to enter the 2013 competition for the Robert Benchley Society Humor Award is August 30, 2013.
Speaking of college football, his an excerpt from Mr. Benchley's "Football; Courtesy fo Mr. Morse," from :Of All Things (1921)
Sunday morning these fine fall days are taken up with reading about the "40,000 football enthusiasts" or the "gaily-bedecked crowd of 60,000 that watched the game on Saturday." And so they probably did, unless there were enough men in big fur coats who jumped up at every play and yelled "Now we're off!" thus obstructing the view of an appreciable percentage.
But why stop at the mention of the paltry 50,000 who sat in the Bowl or the Stadium? Why forget the twice 50,000 all over the country, in Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Atlanta, who watched the same game over the ticker, or sat in a smoke-fogged room listening to telegraphic announcements, play by play, or who even stood on the curbing in front of a newspaper office and watched an impartial employee shove a little yellow ball along a black-board, usually indicating the direction in which the real football was not going. Since it is so important to give the exact number of people who saw the game, why not do the thing up right and say: "Returns which are now coming in from the Middle West, with some of the rural districts still to be heard from, indicate that at least 145,566 people watched the Yale-Princeton football game yesterday. Secretary Dinwoodie of the San Francisco Yale Club telegraphed late last night that the final count in that city would probably swell the total to a round 150,395. This is, or will be, the largest crowd that ever assembled in one country to watch a football game."
Sunday, August 11, 2013
The "You Can Always Tell a Harvard Man" theme will continue throughout the Friday, November 22, through Sunday, November 24, Tenth Annual Gathering of the Robert Benchley Society. In addition to the black tie awards dinner at the Main Clubhouse, we'll also enjoy the fabulous 38th floor views of Boston, high a-top the modern sky-scraper in the Financial District that houses the Downtown Clubhouse of the Harvard Club at One Federal Street. Save the date and prepare to come to Boston, the "Hub of the Universe" for this fun weekend being planned by the Boston "We've Come for the Davenport" Chapter of the Robert Benchley Society.