3rd Wednesday

On December 18th, we will gather at the J.J. Astor Restaurant on the top floor of the Duluth Radisson Harborview.  Arrive at 5:30 to get a seat with a great view of the lights of Bentleyville, without the freeze-your-knees experience of being too near the big lake.  The food is good and this gathering is the closest thing to a Christmas party you’re likely to find for a group like ours.  Bring your good cheer and light up the season!

First Sunday

Sunday, January 5th
“Civil Discourse”

We all know how hard it is to have productive conversations in our polarized and post-truth era.  And most of us know the solution: Listen for Understanding.  But no one tells us how we can control ourselves and stay within a conversation when our discussion partners have been carefully trained to “push our buttons.”  How can we maintain our composure and continue to listen and learn?

We will hear some ideas and suggestions from those who are good at doing just that, as related by Jim Lyttle.  He is a former musical arranger interested in generating harmony (but never unison) among Earthlings.

  9:00  Coffee and Conversation
  9:30  Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00  Formal Program Begins

Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981

Fourth Saturday

Let’s gather again at the home of Our Flounder for drinking and thinking on Saturday, November 23rd.  The fun starts in the late afternoon, around 4:00 pm, rain or shine.  Bring something to share: maybe something you have cooked or some ‘spirits’ to loosen up the mood.  We will reflect on current events, laugh with old friends, and maybe share some gossip.  Dr. Bill’s home is at 2931 Greysolon Road in Duluth. You can park anywhere on Greysolon, but not on 30th Avenue!   (218) 724-4176.

3rd Wednesday

November 20th @ 5:30 pm


Northwestern Manufacturing, which would become Clyde Iron Works in 1901, was founded on October 21, 1889.  Its early success drove the construction of a dedicated building in 1907, where several firsts were achieved: first to use internal combustion engine for a hoist, first to use a silent chain drive for a hoist, first to build a welded steel crane, and first to build a crane capable of lifting in excess of 4,400 tons.  Clyde was called to duty during the world wars and was awarded the Army-Navy “E” for excellent war manufacturing service.

After World War II, employment dropped by half.  In 1961, Clyde built the world’s largest portable hoist to pull the lines for New York City’s 4,200-foot long suspension bridge, the Verrazano-Narrows.  In 1976, $3 million was poured into the Duluth plant in retrofits and at least one new building.  Nonetheless, in 1986, Clyde Iron’s Duluth operation closed and moved to St. Paul.

After serving various purposes under several different owners, the 10+ acre complex was bought in May 2003 by Duluthian Alessandro Giuliani.  He undertook a 24 million dollar transformation.  The complex has been an exciting restaurant and entertainment complex since 2010 and now will be visited by around a dozen Lake Superior Freethinkers.  Those who dare can order the Sudden Death Burger with smoked bacon, tomato, jalapeños, pepper jack, and habanero mayo.
 

First Sunday

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019.
Thomas Paine: Freethinking Founder of our Country


The lecture will outline the life of the freethinking founding father Thomas Paine, his beginnings in rural England, his meeting with Ben Franklin in London, and his travel to America where he attacked  the monarchy and inspired the fight for independence with his powerful pamphlet, Common Sense.

We’ll cover his time in France during the French Revolution, and the writing of The Age of Reason, which would earn him the hatred of his country for its questioning of the Bible and for its daring call to reason, his last years, forgotten and reviled—and the renewed appreciation for this supreme political writer and thinker.

Jane Whitledge of Duluth is a published poet currently working on a book collection.

  9:00  Coffee and Conversation
  9:30  Breakfast Buffet Available
10:00  Formal Program Begins

Duluth Radisson Harborview
505 West Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 727-8981