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Jerry has been a 'virtual' club member for some time. After I included a historical note about the sad fate of Amiral Coligny - the 'Amiral Coligny' of La Corona's street address - Jerry sent me a correction in February. He wrote:

"Yet, my 'Histoire de Paris' by Julia Child states that the street name is a misnomer - to coin a phrase. In actuality, it was named after a Polish nobleman, Stefan Kielbasy, who was elevated by Madame Pompadour 'for services rendered.' He had been a cook in the royal household and Mme P. was mad about his sausage."

After I replied this could not possibly be true, Jerry consulted his library and replied earlier this month, with the following:

"I have done some more research on Le Amiral and although you are indeed correct aboutphoto: jerry and rhoda miller Pompadour, you have mistaken Jean Claude Coligny for Charles Colbert Coligny.

"The latter was the pseudonym adopted by Stefan Kielbasy when he was on the lam from Lvov for falsely passing off herring roe as caviar to the Polish nobility.

"After six weeks in the Paris sewers, he surfaced - you guessed it - on the very spot where now stands the Café Metropole Club's café La Corona."

Jerry and Rhoda from Far Rockaway pepped up a meeting that was already bubbling along.

After re-checking historical 'facts,' I have found that 'our' Amiral Coligny was named neither Jean-Claude nor Charles Colbert Coligny.

He was Gaspard and he was born in 1519, a whopping 202 years before Antoinette Poisson who became the Marquise de Pompadour, and was Louis' official mistress from 1745 to 1751. 'Our' Gaspard had two brothers; Odet and François. All died within three years of each other.

Even if Stefan Kielbasy was calling himself 'Amiral Coligny' when he popped out of a sewer in front of the club's café, it is doubtful that the street would have been named for this dubious distinction - while 'our' Amiral Coligny was wounded by an assassin while crossing it, which led to Gaspard's beheading and being tossed out of a window in his nearby apartment.

However, 'Amiral Coligny' is not a candidate for the 'Street of the Week' distinction, so this leaves the thorny problem of the club's 'City of the Week.' In contention are two neighborhoods in two of New York City's five boroughs, so I guess we'll have to have a 'Twin Borough of the Week' and award them to Long Island City and Far Rockaway.

And there you have it again fellow club members, both 'virtual' and 'real.' There hasn't seemed to be any 'Food of the Week,' but R.C. Cofer learned about 'orange pressé.' Being from Florida, he has been suffering from a lack of citrus, but this 'Drink of the Week,' discovered today, has saved him.

The 'Quote of the Week' comes - again - from R. C. Cofer. Apropos of I don't know what - again - just before leaving he says, "'R. C.' - as in RC Cola!" After this Jerry cryptically added, "Ten, two, four."

Then all of the 'real' members file out into the rain on the Quai du Louvre or the Rue de l'Amiral Coligny and I go up to the bar section of the café and pay for my café.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next 'real' meeting is Thursday, 4. May. If it appears to be Thursday and you are definitely in Paris, come to the meeting. If you don't happen to be in Paris and youphoto: quai du louvre happen to remember, wherever you are you can say "It must be Café Metropole Club day!"

The café La Corona meeting place will be wide open as usual inside and out next Thursday, so the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm if you have a clock that only goes up to 12.

Come however you are, especially if you can. If you do not expect to be present you can read the regular - this week's - Monday page for your last week's club's news.

As hard as I can, I still can't remember what I put on Monday's regular 'club' page. I remember writing it but not what. However, the café's location is still:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny
Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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