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Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Bicentennial is tomorrow!

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, August 28, 2009 10:19 AM
I can't be there for this event since I have to babysit my two adorable nieces that morning, then get ready for a small family cookout on Sunday after church, but if anyone wants to put the Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Bicentennial that Mt. Auburn Cemetery is hosting on the calendar as a Nerd Fun event, write to Heather the organizer for assistant organizer permissions. It looks like our very own Rob Vellela , one of the National Park Rangers who works at the Longfellow House and used to work at the Edgar Allen Poe house, might be speaking there. Go ahead! Ask Rob about the history of the publishing industry in the 1800s, and about how Edgar Allen Poe as a literary critic tried to take on the poet Longfellow. I dare ya! :)

Let me tell you, being an assistant organizer is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet interesting people! I've been doing it since last summer. Sure, you look like a demented chauffer holding up a red MEETUP sign before the event, but because you are the one who put the event on the calendar, you always get to see what you wanted to see anyway... except now it's with a group of like-minded people. Computer geeks, science geeks, and history buffs, oh my! And you don't even have to wear a nametag, or carry around a printout of the sign-up sheet! -- although I do only because I know how difficult it is trying to hook-up with a group of people you have never met before, and I'm constantly studying the sheet of paper which has thumbnail photos of everyone who signed up, just so I can wave the new people to us.

Find anything quirky, off-beat, nerdy, or geeky around Boston? Tired of trying to get your married friends or your old college buddies out of the apartment and go with you to something? Collect the information of the event, find a good place to meet, maybe see where you can hang out after, and post the event on the calendar. You can limit it to, say, 10 people, 20 people, or have it open-ended where anybody can RSVP "Maybe" and just drop in last minute. A great place to start finding things to go to is Fred Hapgood's site: ... or you can just go to Boston Globe's website and search particular days on words like "computer", "history", "lecture", or "science". The Museum of Science, MIT, Harvard, and the National Park Service all have calendars keeping track of what is going on in the area with them and their subsidiaries (such as Harvard's Museum of Natural History, Harvard Medical School's Science in the News programs, and their ongoing lecture series).

As Heather the organizer says... "Nerd on!"

-T.J. Maher, assistant organizer, the Nerd Fun Meetup group

Thomas F. Maher, Jr | TriZetto.Com
QA Engineer | Boston, MA
Home email: thomas_maher at

From the Facebook site:

Host: Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2009
Time: 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Mount Auburn Cemetery - Bigelow Chapel
Street: 580 Mount Auburn Street
City/Town: Cambridge, MA

"The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery sponsor this bicentennial birthday party for Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes - medical doctor/reformer, scholar, professor, author, and poet. Holmes himself will make an appearance to present some of his famous poems and equally famous wit. Dr. Charles S. Bryan will present a lecture on the lasting legacy of Holmes.

"The official wreath-laying at Holmes's grave will follow.

"This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. - come early to enjoy some snacks at our breakfast-table".

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