First Sunday

Sunday, January 5th
“Civil Discourse”

It sure is hard to talk to strangers these days.  So, we end up spending time around people who agree with us.  But that’s no way to learn new perspectives on things.

And we already know what the solution is.  We should listen to others with the goal of understanding them instead of trying to change them.  There are even recipes available for how to “Speak Your Peace” from well-established local groups.

But how can we control ourselves and stay in a conversation when our discussion partners push our buttons?  How can we maintain our composure, keep cool, and continue to listen?

I’ll report what I’ve learned about this lately.  As a musical arranger, I’m 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

Pavilion Party

Let’s gather again at the home of Our Flounder for post-holiday drinking and thinking on Saturday, December 28th.  The fun starts in the late afternoon, around 4:00 pm. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these revelers from their disappointed rants.  Bring something to share: maybe something you’ve cooked or some ‘spirits’ we can summon up to lubricate the dialogue.  We’ll reflect on recent impeachments, laugh with old friends, and maybe complain about the weather.  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

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!

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.