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However he admits it is an idea he thought up for Darlene, in order to give some legitimacy to his lifelong habit of 'giving lectures around the house.'

One night on the barge trip, which had a Polish cook and 14 other American passengers, "No TV; no radio," he explains, "We put on our own show."

One lady who was an actress did Juilette and another did a ghostphoto: gordon greb story, and Gordon, as President of the 'World Improvement Association,' was the MC. Not having any other songs or stories handy, he outlined the purposes of the association.

After all of the the club's recent physicist members, it's certainly an event to have Professor Greb for a change.

"No conventions, no newsletters, no dues" - and I think I've heard of this before. But he adds, "Anybody can be President of their own local chapter - even husbands and wives can be President by forming two local chapters, each with a different improvement project."

"The next day," he goes on, "Several other passengers asked me how to start their own chapters."

Then he quotes Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous quote, which goes something like this: 'People ask me all the time what if what we do doesn't work? Why, we'll do something else! If that doesn't work we'll come up with another idea.'

Half the stuff Gordon has thought up hasn't worked. Luckily for him, the other half has. This is how, besides being a Professor and now the President of the 'World Improvement Association,' he and Darlene have time to have a year-long 50th wedding anniversary and include Paris in the plan.

Becoming charter members of the Café Metropole Club at the same time is just something they've managed to squeeze into their heavy schedule of celebrations.

photo: dennis bradleyGordon says it is all part of the 'great adventure.' Another part was the horrendous noise outside their low-floor hotel window. When the other tour members left, Gordon craftily arranged for a new room higher up, near the roof of their hotel.

Dennis Bradley joined the club as a 'private member.' The club's secretary respects his incomprehensible decision.

The morning after they moved upstairs, satellite-dish installers on the roof woke them at 7:30 in the morning.

Gordon writes about as much as he talks. He answered all of the questions in the members' booklet. Question 4 asks, 'What have you liked least in Paris?'

His answer; "Too crowded in August because of visitors like us."

Both potential and existing club members are warned that Professor Greb may make a return visit to attend a club meeting in December.

I need not warn anybody about the possibility of Darlene coming too; for she certainly will - as President of her chapter of the 'World Improvement Association.'

The 'About the Café Metropole Club' Page

For those who want more details about the Café Metropole Paris Club in Paris, please read 'About the Café Metropole Club,' which is accessible here, and from each issue's 'home' page.

This 'about' page contains the details of the free membership, the free members' card and the other free unofficial non-rules concerning the club and how it freely operates and other free but needless information. You may need to know more about all of this, so look at thisphoto: ed's drink page, unless you already know more than you want to.

Date, Time and Location of Next Meeting

The date for the club's next meeting is Thursday, 7. September. Although this is Sainte-Reine's Day in Paris, the whole rest of the day will be sufficient for shopping for famous Paris trinkets.

The secretary's drink is not the 'Drink of the Week' because it is the only drink not started out on the terrace.

The café La Corona meeting place will again be open like today - and the time for your club's meeting remains from 15:00 to 17:00 - which is also known as 3 pm to 5 pm. Come to the next meeting during its official hours - unless you get a better offer to be elsewhere.

The café's location is:

Café-Tabac La Corona
2. Rue de l'Amiral Coligny - or - 30. Quai du Louvre, Paris 1.
Métro: Louvre-Rivoli or Pont-Neuf

A bientôt à Paris,
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